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cold war vs. hot war
[ kohld-wawr ]
- intense economic, political, military, and ideological rivalry between nations, short of military conflict; sustained hostile political policies and an atmosphere of strain between opposed countries.
- a continuing state of resentful antagonism between two parties short of open hostility or violence.
- rivalry after World War II between the Soviet Union and its satellites and the democratic countries of the Western world, under the leadership of the United States.
- open military conflict; an armed conflict between nations: The increasing tension in the Middle East could lead to a hot war.