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  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.
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Origin of warfare

1425–75; late Middle English werefare, i.e., a faring forth to war; see war1, fare
Related formssem·i·war·fare, noun
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Related Words for warfare

combat, clash, discord, fighting, strife, struggle, battle, rivalry, war, competition, campaigning, contest, arms, strategy, emulation, counterinsurgency, hostilities, tug-of-war, striving

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British Dictionary definitions for warfare


  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


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

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