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Synonyms for contention

Synonyms for contention

Synonyms for contention

a point asserted as part of an argument

the act of competing as for profit or a prize

References in classic literature ?
But whether fishing, or carving canoes, or polishing their ornaments, never was there exhibited the least sign of strife or contention among them.
Upon reaching the first landing, heard two voices in loud and angry contention - the one a gruff voice, the other much shriller - a very strange voice.
The time elapsing between the hearing of the voices in contention and the breaking open of the room door, was variously stated by the witnesses.
They are puzzled, too, by the seeming impossibility of reconciling the voices heard in contention, with the facts that no one was discovered up stairs but the assassinated Mademoiselle L'Espanaye, and that there were no means of egress without the notice of the party ascending.
Murder, then, has been committed by some third party; and the voices of this third party were those heard in contention.
Besides, there were two voices heard in contention, and one of them was unquestionably the voice of a Frenchman.
The fact was too evident to be denied, and after pausing a moment, that the audience might digest his premises, Richard proceeded: “It seems proper that I should decide this question, as I am bound to preserve the peace of the county; and men with deadly weapons in their hands should not be heedlessly left to contention and their own malignant passions.
Yes, he decided, the contention of every white man in the islands was right; the Solomons was no place for a woman.
That is all very true," said the Adversary, "but you taught by example that a verb should not agree with its subject in person and number, whereas the Good Book says that contention is worse than a dinner of herbs.
For there is reason to think that if a city were composed entirely of good men, then to avoid office would be as much an object of contention as to obtain office is at present; then we should have plain proof that the true ruler is not meant by nature to regard his own interest, but that of his subjects; and every one who knew this would choose rather to receive a benefit from another than to have the trouble of conferring one.
In this contention, nature may seem to some to have come off victorious, as she bestowed on him many gifts, while fortune had only one gift in her power; but in pouring forth this, she was so very profuse, that others perhaps may think this single endowment to have been more than equivalent to all the various blessings which he enjoyed from nature.
In the commission this question had been a ground of contention between several departments.
He stopped, satisfied that he had proved his contention.