Cat (carpecarpem) wrote in linguaphiles,

conflict vs. confliction

First of all, I should say that this might be more of a semantic question rather than a linguistic one. So I just got into a really long debate with a friend of mine over the use of the word "confliction" as a noun. Much of my argument centered around the fact that, while confliction is technically a word, it is obsolete, and unnecessary when the word "conflict" works perfectly well. His argument has, at this point, less to do with the grammatical sense of the word and more to do with its stylistic use or the "feel" of it. I'm pretty sure I'm right, but it's hard for me to articulate because I've mostly studied French grammar rather than English grammar and my understanding of the English language is more intuitive than anything. Does anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

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