culture war

[ kuhl-cher wawr ]
/ ˈkʌl tʃər ˌwɔr /


a conflict or struggle for dominance between groups within a society or between societies, arising from their differing beliefs, practices, etc.: a culture war over the right to own a gun; China’s culture war with the Western world.

Nearby words

  1. culture pattern,
  2. culture shock,
  3. culture specific syndrome,
  4. culture trait,
  5. culture vulture,
  6. culture-free test,
  7. cultured,
  8. cultured pearl,
  9. culturist,
  10. culturology

Origin of culture war

First recorded in 1875–80; a loan translation of German Kulturkampf. The contemporary sense was first recorded in 1985–90. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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