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STRIFE, noun [See Strive.]

1. Exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts. strife may be carried on between students or between mechanics.

Thus Gods contended, noble strife who most should ease the wants of life.

2. Contention in anger or enmity; contest; struggle for victory; quarrel or war.

I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon. Judges 12:2.

These vows thus granted, raisd a strife above betwixt the god of war and queen of love.

3. Opposition; contrariety; contrast.

Artificial strife lives in these touches livelier than life.

4. The agitation produced by different qualities; as the strife of acid and alkali. [Little Used.]