- 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
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Examples from the Web for warfare
They were making it up as they went along, and creating a new kind of warfare.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
Everything in life, from governance to harvest to warfare, was suffused with sacred meaning until the advent of the Enlightenment.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
October 29, 2014
They are a part of warfare, and there are arguments on both sides for drones.‘24: Live Another Day’ Showrunners on the Finale, the Dangers of Drones, and Jack Bauer’s Future
July 15, 2014
By 1922, warfare had fizzled out but violence targeting foreign populations in Turkey and Greece was on the rise.Turkey's Gorgeous Ghost Town
July 12, 2014
After a brief encounter with combat, Slovik declared himself constitutionally unsuited for warfare.The Last American Soldier Executed for Desertion
June 6, 2014
As is usual in Asiatic warfare, it was considerably pressed.
All admit or assert that the lance is in this warfare the better weapon.
The little vagabonds were quarrelling over the dbris of these engines of warfare.My Double Life
Warfare would be dead, killed in her own turn, she who has killed so many.
Warfare was on the road to extinction, threatened by its very excesses.
- the act, process, or an instance of waging war
- conflict, struggle, or strife
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Word Origin and History for warfare
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