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Definition of the noun striving

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noun - plural: strivings

  1. an effortful attempt to attain a goal
    • examples: The authorities are striving in vain to stabilize the currency. | The horse does not just represent energy, high spirits, prosperity, development, but also stands for a national spirit of struggling on without stopping, and of striving on without giving up. | Democracy is a quest, a never-ending seeking for better things, and in the seeking for these things and the striving for better things, and in the seeking for these things and the striving for them, there are many roads to follow. | The union is striving for shorter working hours. | Arnold was striving to be the most muscular man in the world.
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of striving: nisus / pains / strain
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    • more specific words: jehad / jihad = a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal

Alternative definition of the noun striving


  1. See Effort.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Striving

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Google previewThe Sermon Bible: Colossians to James (1900)

Striving is the universal law and condition.

Google previewPrimo Levi and the Politics of Survival (2001)

by Frederic D. Homer

Striving is a subjective state gathered through introspection, but in Schopenhauer's world, it is invariant in intensity in man. Schopenhauer's only way out obviously is not through some form of optimism, but in the flight ...

Google previewSparks from the Infinite (2007)

A Collection of Mediumistic Transcripts by Il Cenacolo

The striving is an impulse that arises from desire, the desire is transcribed by the Law: there is still lacking in you the spiritual will applied to what you are capable of using humanly. In fact you receive with great facility the radiations coming from ...

Google previewDictionary of Dreams (2001)

by Farokh Jamshed Master, Jamshed Farokh

Striving (exertion, vexatious)* Swimming Tiresome Thrown away, being to Unimportant” Unpleasant (disgusting) Unremembered” Vexatious (anger, quarrels, unpleasant, striving)” Vivid3 Vivid; cerebrospinal ...

Google previewDictionary of Psychopathology (2012)

by Henry Kellerman

Other vicissitudes of “will” for Adler included will to be above—the woman's need to be like the man, understood in psychoanalytic theory to be a function of a compensatory need; will to be up—striving for a more obvious presentation of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Psychology (2008)

by Neil J. Salkind

Mastery-approach goals represent striving to approach absolute or intrapersonal competence, for example, striving to do better than ...

Google previewEnglish-Cheyenne Dictionary (1915)

by Rodolphe Charles Petter

-tan also expresses "striving" in the sense of "wanting, desiring, being in the need of " ; infixes -6t- se- and -onisi- are also combined; nao tseonishoxtami- ...

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Quotes about Striving

The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving. (Franz Kafka)
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Scrabble value of S1T1R1I1V4I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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