I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin conflictus act of striking together, from confligere to strike together, from com- + fligere to strike — more at profligate Date: 15th century 1. fight, battle, war <
an armed conflict
2. a. competitive or opposing action of incompatibles ; antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons) b. mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands 3. the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction Synonyms: see discordconflictful adjectiveconflictual adjective II. intransitive verb Date: 15th century 1. archaic to contend in warfare 2. to show antagonism or irreconcilability ; fail to be in agreement or accord <
his statement conflicts with the facts
confliction nounconflictive adjective

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