Definition of civil war in English:

civil war

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noun

  • A war between citizens of the same country: they signed a peace accord ending the country’s 12-year civil war [mass noun]: the country is on the brink of civil war
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    • We can tell that they've had civil war after civil war and that much of their population is unemployed.
    • This rivalry had involved civil wars, peasant uprisings, and religious strife of every description.
    • This acted as the trigger for a series of civil wars, as reactionaries and progressives battled both with the French and each other.

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