From gain- +‎ strife. Compare gainstrive.


gainstrife (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Contention; striving against.
    • 1975, 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 diswitted already by the debate, and he will not for his life mell himself in it!