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noun 
  1. strife, Strife; contention.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry IV, Part 2
    • :... and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no with telling of discreet stories;
    • 1888, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night (Arabian Nights)
    • :So the strife redoubled and the weapons together clashed and ceased not and debate and naught was to be seen but blood flowing and necks bowing;
    • 1911, H.G. Wells, The New Machiavelli
    • :The other merely needs jealousy and , of which there are great and easily accessible reservoirs in every human heart. =
verb (bat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To reduce the force of something; to abate.
  2. (transitive) To restrain, usually with the sense of being in anticipation; as, with bated breath.

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