What is conflict?

  • (noun): A disagreement or argument about something important.
    Example: "The familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
    Synonyms: dispute, difference, difference of opinion
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on conflict:

Polish Workers' Party - Conflict
... There was conflict within the communist movement over the methods needed to implement power ... It was a difference of opinion between the Polish émigrés trained in the Soviet Union represented by Bolesław Bierut strictly following Stalin's policy, and the Polish Communists such as Gomułka ...
Fourth Generation Warfare
... Fourth generation warfare (4GW) is conflict characterized by a blurring of the lines between war and politics, soldier and civilian ... on combat forces, returning to modes of conflict common in pre-modern times ... the Roman senate, predate the modern concept of warfare and are examples of this type of conflict ...
Conflict Theory - Modern Approaches
... Wright Mills has been called the founder of modern conflict theory ... In Mills's view, social structures are created through conflict between people with differing interests and resources ... the power elite would result in "increased escalation of conflict, production of weapons of mass destruction, and possibly the annihilation of the human ...
Types of Conflict Theory
... Conflict theory is most commonly associated with Marxism, but as a reaction to functionalism and the positivist method may also be associated with number of other perspectives, including Critical theory ... World systems theory Race-Conflict Approach A point of view that focuses on inequality and conflict between people of different racial and ethnic categories ...
Conflict Theory
... Conflict theories are perspectives in social science that emphasize the social, political, or material inequality of a social group, that critique the broad socio-political system, or that otherwise ... Conflict theories draw attention to power differentials, such as class conflict, and generally contrast historically dominant ideologies ... Karl Marx is the father of the social conflict theory, which is a component of the 4 paradigms of sociology ...

More definitions of "conflict":

  • (verb): Be in conflict.
    Example: "The two proposals conflict!"
  • (noun): A state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests.
    Example: "His conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
  • (noun): 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"
  • (noun): An incompatibility of dates or events.
    Example: "He noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
  • (noun): A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war.
    Synonyms: battle, fight, engagement
  • (noun): An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals).
    Example: "The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine
    Synonyms: struggle, battle
  • (noun): Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings.
    Example: "He was immobilized by conflict and indecision"

Famous quotes containing the word conflict:

    Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered. Yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly.
    Thomas Paine (1737–1809)

    The conflict between the men who make and the men who report the news is as old as time. News may be true, but it is not truth, and reporters and officials seldom see it the same way.... In the old days, the reporters or couriers of bad news were often put to the gallows; now they are given the Pulitzer Prize, but the conflict goes on.
    James Reston (b. 1909)

    Journey to Gethsemane, go and feel the tempter’s power;
    Your Redeemer’s conflict see, watch the anguish of this hour;
    Do not hide or turn away: learn from Jesus how to pray.
    James Montgomery (1771–1854)