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[wawr-fair] /ˈwɔrˌfɛər/
the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations; war.
armed conflict between two massed enemies, armies, or the like.
conflict, especially when vicious and unrelenting, between competitors, political rivals, etc.
Origin of warfare
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English werefare, i.e., a faring forth to war; see war1, fare
Related forms
semiwarfare, noun Unabridged
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  • After all, in her finest moments, France has a positive genius for warfare.

    The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
  • As is usual in Asiatic warfare, it was considerably pressed.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • The composition of this force showed the altered conditions of warfare.

    A Handbook of the Boer War Gale and Polden, Limited
  • All admit or assert that the lance is in this warfare the better weapon.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • John Stark had gone with him, their former life as Rangers having well qualified them for this species of warfare.

    French and English Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for warfare


the act, process, or an instance of waging war
conflict, struggle, or strife
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Word Origin and History for warfare

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

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