(?), n. [OF. estrif. See Strive.] 1. The act of striving; earnest endeavor. [Archaic] Shak.
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2. Exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts.
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Doting about questions and strifes of words.
1 Tim. vi. 4.
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Thus gods contended -- noble strife -
Who most should ease the wants of life.
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3. Altercation; violent contention; fight; battle.
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Twenty of them fought in this black strife.
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These vows, thus granted, raised a strife above
Betwixt the god of war and queen of love.
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4. That which is contended against; occasion of contest. [Obs.] "Lamenting her unlucky strife." Spenser.
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Syn. -- Contest; struggle; quarrel. See Contention.
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