n. A striving or effort to do one's best; earnest attempt or endeavor.n. Emulative contention or rivalry; active struggle for superiority; emulation.n. Antagonistic contention; contention characterized by anger or enmity; discord; conflict; quarrel: as, strife of the elements.n. Synonyms and Strife, Contention. These words agree in being very general, in having a good sense possible, and in seeming elevated or poetical when applied to the organized quarrels of war or to anything more than oral disputes. Strife is the stronger. Contention often indicates the more continued and methodical effort, and hence is more often the word for rivalry in effort to possess something. Such a rivalry, when definite in form and limited in time, is a contest: as, the contests of the Creek games. A contention that is forcible, violent, exhausting, or attended with real or figurative convulsions or contortions, is a struggle. See battle, encounter.