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warfare

[wawr-fair] /ˈwɔrˌfɛər/
noun
1.
the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations; war.
2.
armed conflict between two massed enemies, armies, or the like.
3.
conflict, especially when vicious and unrelenting, between competitors, political rivals, etc.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English werefare, i.e., a faring forth to war; see war1, fare
Related forms
semiwarfare, noun
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Examples for warfare
  • In some situations, conflict over resources breaks out into warfare.
  • warfare among human groups that still live by hunting and gathering resembles chimp warfare in several ways.
  • But even these are inexperienced in mountain warfare.
  • Twenty-third century warfare isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • Computers, indispensable in peace, are becoming ever more important in political conflicts and open warfare.
  • The practices of warfare and fratricide have ceased.
  • Tribal warfare has ended and people have now settled along the riverbanks, where they can more easily find turtles.
  • They have waged economic warfare against everybody else and are winning big time.
  • In this age of looming bioterrorism, keeping chemical warfare vapors off of soldiers is a primary military concern.
  • The region's tribal warfare and religious strife reach back millennia.
British Dictionary definitions for warfare

warfare

/ˈwɔːˌfɛə/
noun
1.
the act, process, or an instance of waging war
2.
conflict, struggle, or strife
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Word Origin and History for warfare
n.

mid-15c., from war (n.) + fare (see fare (n.)).

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