Definition of cold war in English:

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cold war

Pronunciation: /ˈkōl(d) ˈˌwô(ə)r/


1A state of political hostility between countries characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare, in particular.
1.1 (the Cold War) The state of political hostility that existed between the Soviet bloc countries and the US-led Western powers from 1945 to 1990.
Example sentences
  • During the Cold War the Soviet Union acted to restrain the US.
  • During the Cold War the city was used by film-makers as a stand-in for St Petersburg in movies such as Reds, The Kremlin Letter and Doctor Zhivago.
  • During the Cold War it was the scene of exchanges of spies.

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