Contention

Definition of Contention

Con`ten´tion
n.1.A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.
I would my arms could match thee in contention.
- Shak.
2.Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention.
Contentions and strivings about the law.
- Titus iii. 9.
3.Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
An end . . . worthy our utmost contention to obtain.
- Rogers.
4.A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.
All men seem agreed what is to be done; the contention is how the subject is to be divided and defined.
- Bagehot.
This was my original contention, and I still maintain that you should abide by your former decision.
- Jowett.

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