Definition of warfare in English:



  • [mass noun] Engagement in or the activities involved in war or conflict.

    [as modifier] ‘guerrilla warfare’
    • ‘One axiom of modern warfare is that airpower cannot conquer, control or hold ground.’
    • ‘At the same time, the destructive capacity of modern warfare heightens the need to limit the use of force.’
    • ‘Some joined the guerilla warfare of the zealots nipping at the heels of mighty Rome.’
    • ‘The relationship between guerrilla warfare and terrorism was always complicated.’
    • ‘Cadorna was not unaware of the new conditions in warfare that favoured defensive firepower.’
    • ‘It is equally idiotic to wage chemical warfare against the vectors of disease.’
    • ‘So his method for spreading revolution was still that of guerrilla warfare.’
    • ‘These were defensive positions and conflict and warfare seems to have been common.’
    • ‘Perhaps there is no need to explain the harsh truths about modern warfare to innocent children.’
    • ‘Chemical weapons have most commonly been used by states, in military warfare.’
    • ‘The computer is as much a part of modern warfare as mud, blood and bullets.’
    • ‘They had opened a new chapter in the history of Latin America through guerrilla warfare.’
    • ‘His deep and abiding interest in infantry warfare was soon to pay great dividends.’
    • ‘They are all responding well to the changing nature of warfare and doing us proud.’
    • ‘Is this where he meets Cuban dissidents and shares his ideas about guerrilla warfare?’
    • ‘In the shadowy world of guerrilla warfare the rules exist in a kind of moral no-man's land.’
    • ‘To them warfare was not a romantic notion but a harsh reality in which soldiers kill and are killed.’
    • ‘The Royal Marines are perhaps the finest mountain warfare soldiers in the world.’
    • ‘Thus is not for a just man to engage in warfare, since warfare is justice its self.’
    • ‘It certainly cannot flee and its capacity to fight is limited essentially to chemical warfare.’
    fighting, war, combat, conflict, armed conflict, struggle, military action, hostilities
    bloodshed, battles, skirmishes, campaigning, passage at arms, passage of arms
    strife, hostility, enmity, antagonism, discord
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