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war·fare

 (wôr′fâr′)
n.
1.
a. The waging of war against an enemy; armed conflict.
b. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic: guerrilla warfare; chemical warfare.
2. A state of disharmony or conflict; strife: constant spousal warfare in the household.
3. Acts undertaken to destroy or undermine the strength of another: political warfare.

[Middle English : warre, war; see war + fare, journey (from Old English faru, from faran, to journey; see fare).]

warfare

(ˈwɔːˌfɛə)
n
1. (Military) the act, process, or an instance of waging war
2. conflict, struggle, or strife

war•fare

(ˈwɔrˌfɛər)

n.
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, esp. when vicious and unrelenting, between competitors, political rivals, etc.
[1425–75; late Middle English werefare literally, a faring forth to war; see war1, fare]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemywarfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
de-escalation - (war) a reduction in intensity (of a crisis or a war)
military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
limited war - a war whose objective is less than the unconditional defeat of the enemy
psychological warfare, war of nerves - the use of psychological tactics to destroy the opponents' morale
battle, engagement, fight, conflict - a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
civil war - a war between factions in the same country
armed combat, combat - an engagement fought between two military forces
chemical operations, chemical warfare - warfare using chemical agents to kill or injure or incapacitate the enemy
bioattack, biologic attack, biological attack, biological warfare, BW - the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food
information warfare, IW - the use of information or information technology during a time of crisis or conflict to achieve or promote specific objectives over a specific adversary or adversaries; "not everyone agrees that information warfare is limited to the realm of traditional warfare"
international jihad, jehad, jihad - a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
world war - a war in which the major nations of the world are involved
aggression - the act of initiating hostilities
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
side - one of two or more contesting groups; "the Confederate side was prepared to attack"
despoiler, freebooter, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, spoiler - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
state of war, war - a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply; "war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
hot war - actual fighting between the warring parties
2.warfare - an active struggle between competing entities; "a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare"
conflict, struggle, battle - an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
drug war - conflict between law enforcement and those who deal in illegal drugs
trench warfare - a struggle (usually prolonged) between competing entities in which neither side is able to win; "the hope that his superior campaigning skills would make a difference evaporated in the realization that electioneering had become a form of trench warfare"

warfare

warfare

noun
1. A vying with others for victory or supremacy:
2. A state of open, prolonged fighting:
Translations
حَرْب، قِتال، صِراع
krigsførelse
hadviselés
hernaîur
vojskovanje

warfare

[ˈwɔːfɛəʳ] N (= fighting) → guerra f; (= techniques) → artes mpl militares
chemical/germ warfareguerra f química/bacteriológica
trench warfareguerra f de trincheras

warfare

[ˈwɔːrfɛər] nguerre f
chemical warfare → guerre chimique
biological warfare → guerre biologiquewar game njeu m de stratégie militairewar grave ntombe f militaire

warfare

nKrieg m; (= techniques)Kriegskunst f

warfare

[ˈwɔːˌfɛəʳ] n (fighting) → guerra, lotta; (technique) → arte f bellica

war

(woː) noun
(an) armed struggle, especially between nations. Their leader has declared war on Britain; The larger army will win the war; the horrors of war; (also adjective) He is guilty of war crimes.
verbpast tense, past participle warred
to fight. The two countries have been warring constantly for generations.
ˈwarlike adjective
(negative unwarlike) fond of, or likely to begin, war. a warlike nation.
ˈwarrior (ˈwo-) noun
a soldier or skilled fighting man, especially in primitive societies. The chief of the tribe called his warriors together; (also adjective) a warrior prince.
war correspondent
a newspaper reporter who writes articles on a war especially from the scene of fighting.
ˈwar-cryplural ˈwar-cries noun
a shout used in battle as an encouragement to the soldiers. `For king and country' was the war-cry of the troops as they faced the enemy.
ˈwar-dance noun
a dance performed by the people of some primitive societies before going to war.
ˈwarfare noun
fighting, as in a war. He refused to fight, because he has religious objections to warfare.
ˈwarhead noun
the explosive section of a missile, torpedo etc. nuclear warheads.
ˈwarhorse noun
a horse used in battle.
ˈwarlord noun
a very powerful military leader.
ˈwarmonger noun
a person who encourages war(s), often for personal reasons.
ˈwarpaint noun
paint applied to the face etc by the people of some primitive societies before going into battle.
ˈwarship noun
a ship used in war or defence.
ˈwartime noun
the time during which a country, a people etc is at war. There is a great deal of hardship and misery in wartime; (also adjective) a wartime economy.
war of nerves
a war, contest etc in which each side tries to win by making the other nervous, eg by bluff, rather than by actually fighting. That game of chess was a war of nerves.
References in classic literature ?
Cutter lived in a state of perpetual warfare with his wife, and yet, apparently, they never thought of separating.
Perhaps no district throughout the wide extent of the intermediate frontiers can furnish a livelier picture of the cruelty and fierceness of the savage warfare of those periods than the country which lies between the head waters of the Hudson and the adjacent lakes.
Hepzibah delayed a moment, while muffling herself in a faded shawl, which had been her defensive armor in a forty years' warfare against the east wind.
The Democrats take the offices, as a general rule, because they need them, and because the practice of many years has made it the law of political warfare, which unless a different system be proclaimed, it was weakness and cowardice to murmur at.
Brom, who had a degree of rough chivalry in his nature, would fain have carried matters to open warfare and have settled their pretensions to the lady, according to the mode of those most concise and simple reasoners, the knights-errant of yore, -- by single combat; but lchabod was too conscious of the superior might of his adversary to enter the lists against him; he had overheard a boast of Bones, that he would "double the schoolmaster up, and lay him on a shelf of his own schoolhouse;" and he was too wary to give him an opportunity.
He turned deadly pale when he saw the writing, but still preserved his composure, and finished the playful warfare of badinage which he was at the moment carrying on with a lady opposite; and, a short time after, was missed from the circle.
He knew somewhat about the warfare of the time -- bushwhacking around for ogres, and bull-fights in the tournament ring, and such things -- but otherwise he was empty and useless.
It was never there that their angles were rubbed off and their rough surfaces polished, but in the strife and warfare of running waters.
He could not--he would not--renounce his wild field of mission warfare for the parlours and the peace of Vale Hall.
I thought it my duty to hint at the discomfort my aunt would sustain, from living in a continual state of guerilla warfare with Mrs.
Stand still in bright array ye Saints, here stand Ye Angels arm'd, this day from Battel rest; Faithful hath been your Warfare, and of God Accepted, fearless in his righteous Cause, And as ye have receivd, so have ye don Invincibly; but of this cursed crew The punishment to other hand belongs, Vengeance is his, or whose he sole appoints; Number to this dayes work is not ordain'd Nor multitude, stand onely and behold Gods indignation on these Godless pourd By mee; not you but mee they have despis'd, Yet envied; against mee is all thir rage, Because the Father, t' whom in Heav'n supream Kingdom and Power and Glorie appertains, Hath honourd me according to his will.
The hermit was somewhat discountenanced by this observation; and, moreover, he made but a poor figure while gazing on the diminution of the pasty, on which his guest was making desperate inroads; a warfare in which his previous profession of abstinence left him no pretext for joining.