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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words [1]

1: Ἀγών (Strong'S #73 — Noun Masculine — agon — ag-one' )

from ago, "to lead," signifies (a) "a place of assembly," especially the place where the Greeks assembled for the Olympic and Pythian games; (b) "a contest of athletes," metaphorically,  1—Timothy 6:12;  2—Timothy 4:7 , "fight;"  Hebrews 12:1 , "race;" hence, (c) "the inward conflict of the soul;" inward "conflict" is often the result, or the accompaniment, of outward "conflict," Phil.  1—Thessalonians 2;2 , implying a contest against spiritual foes, as well as human adversaries; so  Colossians 2:1 , "conflict," AV; RV, "(how greatly) I strive," lit., "how great a conflict I have." See Contention , Fight , Race. Cp. agonizomai (Eng., "agonize"),   1—Corinthians 9:25 etc.

2: Ἄθλησις (Strong'S #119 — Noun Feminine — athlesis — ath'-lay-sis )

denotes "a combat, contest of athletes;" hence, "a struggle, fight,"  Hebrews 10:32 , with reference to affliction. See Fight. Cp. athleo, "to strive,"   2—Timothy 2:5 (twice).

King James Dictionary [2]

Conflict n. L., to strike, to flog, to lick.

1. A striking or dashing against each other, as of two moving bodies in opposition violent collision of substances as a conflict of elements, or waves a conflict of particles in ebulltion. 2. A fighting combat, as between men, and applicable to individuals or to armies as, the conflict was long and desperate. 3. Contention strife contest.

In our last conflict, four of his five wits went halting off.

4. Struggling with difficulties a striving to oppose, or overcome.

The good man has a perpetual conflict with his evil propensities.

5. A struggling of the mind distress anxiety.  Colossians 2 . 6. The last struggle of life agony as the conflict with death. 7. Opposing operations countervailing action collision opposition.

In exercising the right of freemen, the man of religion experiences no conflict between his duty and his inclination.


1. To strike or dash against to meet and oppose, as bodies driven by violence as conflicting waves or elements. 2. To drive or strike against, as contending men, or armies to fight to contend with violence as conflicting armies. 3. To strive or struggle to resist and overcome as men conflicting with difficulties. 4. To be in opposition or contradictory.

The laws of the United States and of the individual States, may, in some cases, conflict with each other.

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): (v. i.) To be in opposition; to be contradictory.

(2): (v. i.) To maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or opposition; to struggle.

(3): (v.) A striking or dashing together; violent collision; as, a conflict of elements or waves.

(4): (v. i.) To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide.

(5): (v.) A strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle; struggle; fighting.

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [4]

 Philippians 1:30 (b) Describes the battle that was constantly going on in Paul's heart and life because of the evil forces and persecutions which came upon him from both Jewish religious leaders and Gentiles.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [5]

kon´flikt ( ἀγών , agō̇n , "contest," "fight"): In  Philippians 1:30 , "having the same c. which ye saw in me," and  Colossians 2:1 the King James Version;   1 Thessalonians 2:2 (the King James Version "contention"); ἄθλησις , áthlēsis (literally, "combat in the public games"), in  Hebrews 10:32 (the King James Version "fight"). See also Agony .