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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Contention \Con*ten"tion\, n. [F. contention, L. contentio. See
1. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist,
something; contest; strife.
I would my arms could match thee in contention.
2. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel;
dispute; as, a bone of contention.
Contentions and strivings about the law. --Titus
3. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
An end . . . worthy our utmost contention to obtain.
4. A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument
taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or
strife; a position taken or contended for.
All men seem agreed what is to be done; the
contention is how the subject is to be divided and
This was my original contention, and I still
maintain that you should abide by your former
Syn: Struggle; strife; contest; quarrel; combat; conflict;
feud; litigation; controversy; dissension; variance;
disagreement; debate; competition; emulation.
Usage: Contention, Strife. A struggle between two parties
is the idea common to these two words. Strife is a
struggle for mastery; contention is a struggle for the
possession of some desired object, or the
accomplishment of some favorite end. Neither of the
words is necessarily used in a bad sense, since there
may be a generous strife or contention between two
friends as to which shall incur danger or submit to
sacrifices. Ordinarily, however, these words denote a
struggle arising from bad passions. In that case,
strife usually springs from a quarrelsome temper, and
contention from, a selfish spirit which seeks its own
aggrandizement, or is fearful lest others should
obtain too much. Strife has more reference to the
manner than to the object of a struggle, while
contention takes more account of the end to be gained.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a point asserted as part of an argument
2: a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong
disagreement; "they were involved in a violent argument"
[syn: controversy, contention, contestation,
disputation, disceptation, tilt, argument, arguing]
3: the act of competing as for profit or a prize; "the teams
were in fierce contention for first place" [syn:
competition, contention, rivalry] [ant: cooperation]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
167 Moby Thesaurus words for "contention":
Discordia, Eris, altercation, antagonism, anteposition, antipathy,
antithesis, apologetics, apologia, apology, argument,
argumentation, argumentative, bellicose, belligerence, belligerent,
bicker, bickering, blood feud, brawl, broil, bucking, captious,
carping, casuistry, caviling, challenge, clash, clashing,
collision, combative, conflict, confrontation, confrontment,
contentious, contestation, contradiction, contraposition,
contrariety, contrary, contrast, contravention, contraversion,
controversial, controversy, counteraction, counterworking,
crosscurrent, crossing, defense, denial, despitefulness,
difference, disaccord, disaffinity, discord, discordance,
discordancy, disharmony, disputation, disputatious, dispute,
dissension, dissent, dissidence, disunity, donnybrook,
donnybrook fair, embroilment, enmity, faultfinding, feud, fiery,
fight, fliting, flyting, fracas, friction, froward, fuss, hassle,
hasty, hate, hatred, head wind, hostility, hotheaded, hubbub,
hurrah, imbroglio, impetuous, impugnation, impugnment,
incompatibility, incompatibleness, inharmoniousness, inharmony,
jangle, jar, litigation, litigious, logomachy, malevolence, malice,
malignity, militant, mischief, negation, noncooperation,
open conflict, open quarrel, opposing, opposition, opposure,
oppugnation, paper war, passage of arms, peppery, perverse,
polar opposition, polarity, polarization, polemic, polemical,
polemics, posing against, pugnacious, quarrel, quarrelsome,
quarrelsomeness, rebutment, rebuttal, refusal, rejection,
repugnance, resistance, rhubarb, rub, rumpus, scrappy, set-to,
sharp words, slanging match, snarl, spat, spite, spitefulness,
squabble, standing against, strained relations, strife, tension,
tiff, traversal, truculent, tussle, undercurrent, unharmoniousness,
unpleasantness, variance, vendetta, verbal engagement,
war of words, warlike, words, wrangle, wrangling
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