civil war
noun Date: 15th century a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country

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  • civil war — battles among fellow citizens or within a community, from CIVIL (Cf. civil) in a sense of occurring among fellow citizens attested from late 14c. in batayle ciuile civil battle, etc. The exact phrase civil war is attested from late 15c. (the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Civil war — Civil Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Civil war — War War, n. [OE. & AS. werre; akin to OHG. werra scandal, quarrel, sedition, werran to confound, mix, D. warren, G. wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps to E. worse; cf. OF. werre war, F. querre, of Teutonic origin. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • civil war — ♦♦♦ civil wars N COUNT A civil war is a war which is fought between different groups of people who live in the same country. ...the Spanish Civil War …   English dictionary

  • civil war — n. war between geographical sections or political factions of the same nation the Civil War the war between the North (the Union) and the South (the Confederacy) in the U.S. (1861 65) …   English World dictionary

  • civil war — n [U and C] a war in which opposing groups of people from the same country fight each other in order to gain political control ▪ the Spanish civil war …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • civil war — noun count or uncount * a war fought between different groups of people within the same country …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • civil war — ► NOUN ▪ a war between citizens of the same country …   English terms dictionary

  • Civil war — This article is about the definition of the specific type of war. For civil wars in history, see List of civil wars. For other uses, see Civil war (disambiguation). Warfare …   Wikipedia

  • Civil War — Para otros usos de este término, véase Guerra civil (desambiguación). Para la canción de Guns N Roses, véase Civil War (canción). Guerra Civil Civil War [[Archivo …   Wikipedia Español

  • Civil War — Sezessionskrieg Die Vereinigten Staaten 1864 blau …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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