gainstrife

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From gain- +‎ strife. Compare gainstrive.

Noun[edit]

gainstrife (usually uncountable, plural gainstrifes)

  1. Contention; striving against.
    • 2009, Georgette Heyer, My Lord John:
      He had come to see Ralph, but my lady took him off to one of the solars, and said briskly: 'Now, I charge you, John, no prating to my lord about all this gainstrife that is sprung up over my brother Somerset's ending, for he is nigh [...]