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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun conflict:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb conflict:


The word conflict and its family (conflicted, conflicting, conflicts) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun conflict

What does conflict mean as a name of something?

Conflict is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: conflicts

  1. an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
  2. opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
    • example: he was immobilized by conflict and indecision
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic words: ambivalence / ambivalency = mixed feelings or emotions
  3. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
  4. a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
    • examples: his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post | a conflict of loyalties
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    • more specific words:
  5. an incompatibility of dates or events
    • example: he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: incompatibility = the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
  6. opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
    • example: this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic words: oppositeness / opposition = the relation between opposed entities
  7. a disagreement or argument about something important

Alternative definition of the noun conflict


  1. A clash or disagreement, often violent, between two opposing groups or individuals.
  2. An incompatibility, as of two things that cannot be simultaneously fulfilled.

Definition of the verb conflict

What does conflict mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: conflicted | conflicting | conflicts

  1. be in conflict
    • example: The two proposals conflict!
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]They battled
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, possessive with -ing]They battled about his coming
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]They battled about whether he should go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-extraction]They battled about what was the right thing
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]They battled about what to do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]They battled about whether to go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Topic, not sentential clause]They battled about it
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, wh-complement clause]I battled with him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-extraction]I battled with him about whether he should go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, what-infinitive clause]I battled with him about what to do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, whether-infinitive clause]I battled with him about whether to go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Topic, not sentential clause]I battled with him about it

      Verbs of Social Interaction (with the same syntax): argue, bargain, battle, bicker, brawl, clash, combat, communicate, compete, correspond, dicker, differ, disagree, dispute, duel, feud, fight, joust, quarrel, quibble, scuffle, skirmish, spar, spat, squabble, struggle, tilt, tussle, vie, war, wrangle, wrestle.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: contrast / counterpoint = to show differences when compared
    • more specific words: collide / clash / jar = be incompatible
  2. go against, as of rules and laws

Alternative definition of the verb conflict


  1. [intransitive, with ‘with’] To be at odds (with); to disagree or be incompatible
  2. [intransitive, with ‘with’] To overlap (with), as in a schedule.


Conflict is an English anarcho-punk band originally based around Eltham in South London. Formed in 1981, the band's original line up consisted of: Colin Jerwood, Francisco 'Paco' Carreno, Big John, Steve, Pauline, Paul aka 'Nihilistic Nobody'. Their first release was the EP "The House That Man Built" on Crass Records. By the time they released their first album, It's Time to See Who's Who, on Corpus Christi Records, Pauline and Paul had left the band. Conflict later set up its own Mortarhate Records label, which put out releases by other artists including Hagar the Womb, Icons of Filth, Lost Cherrees, The Apostles, Exitstance, Stalag 17, Admit You're Shit and Potential Threat.

  • members:
  • genres: Anarcho-punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk
  • albums: "The House That Man Built", "It's Time to See Who's Who", "To a Nation of Animal Lovers", "The Serenade is Dead", "Increase the Pressure", "The Battle Continues", "This is Not Enough Stand Up and Fucking Fight", "From Protest to Resistance", "Only Stupid Bastards Help EMI", "The Ungovernable Force", "Turning Rebellion Into Money", "The Final Conflict", "Against All Odds", "Standard Issue 82-87", "Conclusion", "It's Time to See Who's Who Now", "Standard Issue II 88-94", "Deploying All Means Necessary (Issue Two)", "Employing All Means Necessary", "There Must Be Another Way", "Carlo Giuliani", "There's No Power Without Control", "Rebellion Sucks!", "Only Stupid Bastards Help EMI / From Protest to Resistance", "Live at Centro Iberico", "B.B.C.1", "These Colours Don't Run", "Double 45", "Salt in the Wound", "In the Venue", "Now You've Put Your Foot in It"


  1. "Conflict" is the third studio album by American R&B/soul singer, Sy Smith. The album was officially released on April 1, 2008, in the United States.
  2. "Conflict" is a musical album of Jimmy Woods.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  3. "Conflict" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Conflict" is a musical EP of Ebo Taylor.
    • released on
  5. "Conflict" is a musical album of Sparagmos.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  6. "Conflict" is a musical album of Anand Bhatt & Jim Martin.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  7. "Conflict" is a musical single of The Azoic.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  8. "Conflict" is a composition.
  9. "Conflict" is a musical album of X-Propagation.


"Conflict" is a book by Poul Anderson and Robert Leckie.

  • also known as "Conflict; the history of the Korean War, 1950-53"
  • authors: Robert Leckie & Poul Anderson
  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • subjects: Asia, Korea, History, International relations, Military branch, Korean War, World
  • copyright: 1983


  1. "Conflict" a.k.a. "Conflit" is a 1938 French drama film directed by Léonide Moguy, who co-wrote screenplay with Hans Wilhelm and Charles Gombault, based on novel "Les soeurs Kleh" by Gina Kaus.
  2. "Conflict" is a 1945 black-and-white suspense film noir made by Warner Brothers. It was directed by Curtis Bernhardt, produced by William Jacobs with Jack L. Warner as executive producer from a screenplay by Arthur T. Horman and Dwight Taylor, based on the story The Pentacle by Alfred Neumann and Robert Siodmak. It starred Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith and Sydney Greenstreet. The film is the only one in which Bogart and Greenstreet co-starred where Bogart, not Greenstreet, is the villain or corrupt character.
  3. "Conflict" is a 1936 American drama film based on a novel by Jack London and a silent movie, both entitled "The Abysmal Brute". The picture stars John Wayne, Jean Rogers and Ward Bond.
  4. "Conflict": Samar is an Indian feature film directed by Shyam Benegal. This movie is based on the book "Unheard Voices: Stories of Forgotten Lives" by Harsh Mander. It was produced by National Film Development Corporation of India, a government agency.
  5. "Conflict" is a 1973 drama film directed by Jack Gold and written by Brian Moore.


"Conflict" is a hex-based NES war game where the player is a commander who must lead his forces to victory. The player can earn fame points by occupying cities and airports and destroying units of the opponent's army; fame points are lost by losing units of one's army in battle or retreating from battles. The goal of each of the 16 scenarios is to destroy the enemy's flag tank. The first player controls the blue forces while the computer controls red troops.

  • also known as Conflict: The Middle East Political Simulator, Conflict: Middle East Political Simulator
  • mode: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
  • developers: Tokai Communications, Mastertronic
  • genres: Strategy video game, Simulation video game
  • released in (26 years ago)


Conflict is a record label.


  1. Conflict: In literature, the literary element conflict is an inherent incompatibility between the objectives of two or more characters or forces. Conflict creates tension and interest in a story by adding doubt as to the outcome. A narrative is not limited to a single conflict. While conflicts may not always resolve in narrative, the resolution of a conflict creates closure, which may or may not occur at a story's end.
  2. The Conflict franchise was developed by Pivotal Games. It has sold more than 6 million units. Each game in the series has received good to negative reviews. Most of the reviews were mixed or average.
    • also known as Conflict series
  3. Conflict is a 1956 to 1957 ABC television series that was a successor to the earlier Warner Brothers Presents. Although Conflict assumed the same time slot as its predecessor, the two do not share the same format. Where Warner Brothers Presents had been a wheel series, Conflict was a fully anthology series. However, since Cheyenne and Conflict alternated the Tuesday 7:30 pm time slot, the net effect was that of a proper wheel series—even though Cheyenne and Conflict were not under the same umbrella title.
    • begun on and completed on (58 years ago)
    • 20 episodes of 60 minutes each, in 2 seasons
    • country: United States of America
    • genre: Anthology series
  4. Conflict is a TVB television series, premiered on October 2, 1978. Theme song "Conflict" was composed and arranged by Joseph Koo, lyricised by Wong Jim, and sung by Jenny Tseng.
  5. Conflict is a military board game that was produced by Parker Brothers from about 1940 to about 1972. It had a large board divided into many small squares. The board was 24 squares by 24 squares. The squares representing land were colored two shades of brown. The squares representing the sea were colored two shades of blue. Artillery pieces could travel on land, ships on the sea, and airplanes over land or sea. The pieces were various colors so that up to four people could play. Each person started by putting their pieces on one of the four corners of the board. The number of squares the pieces could move were determined by the roll of the dice.
  6. Conflict is an Australian novel by E.V. Timms.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (81 years ago)

Phrases with Conflict

Phrases starting with the word Conflict:

  1. Conflict-Ridden
  2. conflict of interest

Phrases ending with the word Conflict:

  1. Edit conflict
  2. Role conflict
  3. A-Type Conflict
  4. External Conflict
  5. Internal conflict

Other phrase containing the word Conflict:

  1. Social Conflict Paradigm

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Conflict

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Google previewComputer and Computing Technologies in Agriculture VII (2014)

7th IFIP WG 5.14 International Conference, CCTA 2013, Beijing, China, September 18-20, 2013, Revised Selected Papers by Daoliang Li, Yingyi Chen

Ancestor or descendant conflict is that the same concept is a superclass in one source and a subclass in another source.

Data value conflict is a same data in different sources to explain inconsistencies because of the different data representation, scales or coding.

Data Accuracy conflict is the concept resulting from a same concept described in different precisions or the different domain and range.

Google previewBeyond Differentiated Instruction (2010)

by Jodi O'Meara

Points Descriptive criteria 6 • The chosen conflict is a real conflict. • Outcomes of the conflict are clearly positive in nature. • Negative outcomes are addressed and discounted as being less significant than the positive ones. • There are at least ...

Google previewAdvances in Complex Societal, Environmental and Engineered Systems (2016)

by Mohamed Nemiche, Mohammad Essaaidi

Conflict is a natural phenomenon in any human society; it is a social reality consubstantial with social life. The social conflict is not...

According to Karl Marx social conflict is the conflict between social classes. Ralf Dahrendrof agreed that class ...

Google previewPrinciples and Practice of Constraint Programming - CP 2005 (2005)

11th International Conference, CP 2005, Sitges Spain, October 1-5, 2005 by Peter van Beek

An infeasibility conflict is a set of inconsistent constraints of an infeasible subproblem. An example is the constraint set {a,b,c,d} in Fig. 2(a). A sub- optimality conflict is a set of active constraints of a sub-optimal subproblem. An inequality ...

Google previewBeyond Help (2011)

A Breakthrough View Of How We Help Ourselves and Others by Camaron J. Thomas, Ph.D.

Conflict is a reflection of the frustration in our lives.

Google previewDistributed Work (2002)

by Pamela Hinds, Sara Kiesler

Conflict is an awareness by the parties of differences, discrepancies, incompatible wishes, or irreconcilable desires (Boulding 1963). There has been a debate in organizational research regarding whether agreement or disagreement within ...

Google previewConflict and Communication in the Family Business (2003)

by Joseph H. Astrachan, Kristi S. McMillan

Conflict is a complex notion, and it may not be what many people think it is.

Conflict is the perception of irreconcilable goals.

In The Playwright's Guidebook , dramatist and teacher Stuart Spencer writes: "Conflict is that which prevents a ...

Google previewLegisprudence (2016)

Practical Reason in Legislation by Luc J. Wintgens

Conflict is a sign of imperfection, as Descartes already said from an epistemological point of view. Perfection is found in reality that is 'out there'. The cosmological pattern advocated in Aristotle's political philosophy, where the model of the ...

Google previewJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease (1916)

The analysis of our statistics of 200 stutterers makes us conclude that speech conflict is an etiological factor in stuttering.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Political, Social, and Military History [4 volumes] (2008)

A Political, Social, and Military History by Spencer C. Tucker, Priscilla Roberts

Prince Emancipation of the Jewish Population Emergency Committee for Zionist Affairs Entebbe Hostage Rescue Eshkol, Levi European Union and the Arab-Israeli Conflict ExodusIncident Expellees and Refugees, Palestinian EZRA AND ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict (2008)

Regional conflict scenarios make sense, even more so if they are determined not only by geographical but also by...

To give an illustrative exemplification: Unexpectedly, violent conflict again occurred in Europe and Eurasia; this time not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Conflict Since World War II (1999)

by James Ciment, Kenneth Hill

GoNFuors Soviet Invasion, 1979-1989 TYPE OF CONFLICT: Cold war oontrontation Civil Conflicts.

Google previewConflict and Conquest in the Islamic World: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2011)

A Historical Encyclopedia by Alexander Mikaberidze

Conflict and Conquest in the Islamic World. Cover.

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Race Riots (2007)

by Walter C. Rucker, James N. Upton

This pervasive influence may be due to the fact that many of the defining moments in North American history were shaped, in profound ways, by racial conflict. Thus, a closer study of these phenomena, with a particular focus on race riots, may ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Human rights : new dimensions in Dalit problems (2002)

Conflict. Great change has taken place among all sections of population including the Scheduled Castes in India since its political independence. People belonging to the Scheduled Castes have availed relatively more facilities and enjoyed ...

Google previewMystics Dictionary of Spirit Language

by Ken Ludden

ultimate form of ego and pride manifested through idealdriven conflict; 2) conflict resulting from creativity mixed with fear and pride; 3) the active ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (2011)

by Daniel J. Christie

All too often, however, striving for one's own good opposes that of others – leading to conflict rather than greatest happiness. Such conflicts are common and range from two children craving the same cake to nations negotiating thorny peace ...

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Quotes about Conflict

Ram or Rahman, who is God?
Some said Ram; some said Rahman.
There was no conflict.
Some said only Ram and some, only Rahman.
There entered the conflict.
Whose followers are better?
There explodes the conflict.
27.12.2002 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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