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Strife, 1) endeavour: “one that, above all other --s, contended especially to know himself,” Meas. III, 2, 246. “with s. to please you,” All's V, 3, 338. “I'll do my best to woo your lady: yet, a barful s.! whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife,” Tw. I, 4, 41. “I do beseech thee to cease thy s., and leave me to my grief,” Rom. II, 2, 152 (M. Edd. suit).
2) endeavour to excel another, emulation: “his art with nature's workmanship at s.” Ven. 291. “the red blood reeked, to show the painter's s.” Lucr. 1377 (cf. Lucr. 1377). “then son and father weep with equal s. who should weep most,” Lucr. 1377 “artificial s. lives in these touches, livelier than life,” Tim. I, 1, 37.
3) contrariety, contradiction, variance: as if between them twain (life and death) “there were no s.” Lucr. 405. “for the peace of you I hold such s. as 'twixt a miser and his wealth is found,” Sonn. 75, 3. if thou keep promise, I shall end this s. (of being ashamed to be my father's child), Merch. II, 3, 20. “both here and hence pursue me lasting s.” Hml. III, 2, 232.
4) discord, contention, contest, combat, fight: “nature, with herself at s.” Ven. 11. “civil home-bred s.” Ven. 11 Lucr. 143. Lucr. 143 Lucr. 143 Lucr. 143 Err. III, 2, 28. Mids. V, 228. Shr. II, 343. III, 1, 21. All's II, 3, 308. John II, 63. R2 V, 6, 27. H6A I, 3, 70. III, 1, 88. IV, 1, 123. IV, 1, 123 IV, 4, 39. V, 1, 13. V, 5, 63. H6B II, 1, 58. H6C I, 2, 4. R3 II, 1, 74. Troil. IV, 5, 93. Tit. III, 1, 193. Rom. I Chor. Rom. I Chor. III, 1, 183. Caes. I, 3, 11. III, 1, 263. Lr. I, 1, 45. V, 3, 42. Oth. II, 3, 258. Ant. II, 2, 80.
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