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conflict
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
a struggle or disagreement
in various senses, including:
  • a serious disagreement — as in "political conflict"
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings — as in "I'm conflicted about where I should go to college."
  • a violent fight or war — as in "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"
  • an idiom that refers to tension between responsibilities to different entities — "conflict of interest"
  • He went through a great deal of spiritual conflict and inward argument in order to adjust his motives, and make clear to himself what God's glory required.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (32% in)
  • He assented to her expressions of devout feeling, and usually with an appropriate quotation; he allowed himself to say that he had gone through some spiritual conflicts in his youth; in short, Dorothea saw that here she might reckon on understanding, sympathy, and guidance.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (23% in)
  • She was as blind to his inward troubles as he to hers: she had not yet learned those hidden conflicts in her husband which claim our pity.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (76% in)
  • In two minutes he was in the room, and Rosamond went out, after waiting just long enough to show a pretty anxiety conflicting with her sense of what was becoming.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (35% in)
  • Poor Dorothea, shrouded in the darkness, was in a tumult of conflicting emotions.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (50% in)
  • To a mind largely instructed in the human destiny hardly anything could be more interesting than the inward conflict implied in his formal measured address, delivered with the usual sing-song and motion of the head.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (95% in)
  • At last, indeed, in the conflict between his desire not to hurt Lydgate and his anxiety that no "means" should be lacking, he induced his wife privately to take Widgeon's Purifying Pills, an esteemed Middlemarch medicine, which arrested every disease at the fountain by setting to work at once upon the blood.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (18% in)
  • While she constrained herself to lie still lest she should disturb him, her mind was carrying on a conflict in which imagination ranged its forces first on one side and then on the other.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (47% in)
  • For four hours Dorothea lay in this conflict, till she felt ill and bewildered, unable to resolve, praying mutely.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (49% in)
  • She had been sitting still for a few minutes, but not in any renewal of the former conflict: she simply felt that she was going to say "Yes" to her own doom: she was too weak, too full of dread at the thought of inflicting a keen-edged blow on her husband, to do anything but submit completely.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (50% in)
  • He felt sure that she had been suffering from the strain and conflict of self-repression; and that she was likely now to feel herself only in another sort of pinfold than that from which she had been released.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (60% in)
  • Caleb was silent a few moments under a conflict of feelings.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (29% in)
  • He had seen Raffles actually going away on the Brassing coach, and this was a temporary relief; it removed the pressure of an immediate dread, but did not put an end to the spiritual conflict and the need to win protection.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (84% in)
  • That was the state of things with Lydgate and Rosamond on the New Year's Day when they dined at her father's, she looking mildly neutral towards him in remembrance of his ill-tempered behavior at breakfast, and he carrying a much deeper effect from the inward conflict in which that morning scene was only one of many epochs.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (25% in)
  • Strange, piteous conflict in the soul of this unhappy man, who had longed for years to be better than he was—who had taken his selfish passions into discipline and clad them in severe robes, so that he had walked with them as a devout choir, till now that a terror had risen among them, and they could chant no longer, but threw out their common cries for safety.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (72% in)
  • He had sat an hour and a half in this conflict by the firelight only, when a sudden thought made him rise and light the bed-candle, which he had brought down with him.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (76% in)
  • She was vigorous enough to have borne that hard night without feeling ill in body, beyond some aching and fatigue; but she had waked to a new condition: she felt as if her soul had been liberated from its terrible conflict; she was no longer wrestling with her grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (57% in)

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