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contention


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contention  \Con*ten"tion\,  n.  [F.  contention,  L.  contentio.  See 
  {Contend}.] 
  1.  A  violent  effort  or  struggle  to  obtain,  or  to  resist, 
  something  contest;  strife. 
 
  I  would  my  arms  could  match  thee  in  contention. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Strife  in  words  controversy;  altercation;  quarrel; 
  dispute;  as  a  bone  of  contention. 
 
  Contentions  and  strivings  about  the  law.  --Titus 
  iii.  9. 
 
  3.  Vehemence  of  endeavor;  eagerness;  ardor;  zeal. 
 
  An  end  .  .  .  worthy  our  utmost  contention  to  obtain. 
  --Rogers. 
 
  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 
  defined.  --Bagehot. 
 
  This  was  my  original  contention,  and  I  still 
  maintain  that  you  should  abide  by  your  former 
  decision.  --Jowett. 
 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contention 
  n  1:  a  point  asserted  as  part  of  an  argument 
  2:  a  dispute  where  there  is  strong  disagreement;  "they  were 
  involved  in  a  violent  argument"  [syn:  {controversy},  {contestation}, 
  {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}, 
  {rivalry}]  [ant:  {cooperation}] 




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