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Armed, open conflict between nations or factions.
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open military conflict.
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|Noun||1.||hot war - actual fighting between the warring parties|
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
cold war - a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare
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