Share this entry

Share this page

private war

Saltos de línea: pri|vate war

Definición de private war en inglés:

sustantivo

1A feud between people or families that is conducted without regard to the law.
Example sentences
  • An immediate result was the withdrawal of the right of private citizens to conduct private war.
  • When they are not spearing octopus in the bay, the boys are playing at soldiers and fighting their own private war against them.
  • A low-rung gangster, he's returning to his home town for his brother's funeral, full of questions and bringing a private war.
2Hostilities against members of another state that take place without government sanction.
Example sentences
  • Worn out by private wars, the nobles let down their guard against the encroaching prerogative of kings and let their liberties slip away without ever taking an intelligent stand against the centralizing power.
  • Iraq may be one of the problems, but it can only be dealt with not as a private war but as part of a global campaign, which will involve statesmanship as well as arms.
  • The Americans ended up waging their own private war against a warlord who was solidly entrenched in the political system of his country.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

¿Qué te llama la atención de esta palabra o frase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Obtenga más de Oxford Dictionaries

Suscribirse para eliminar anuncios y acceder a los recursos premium

Palabra del día boscage
Pronunciación: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs