Simple Definition of cold war
the Cold War : the nonviolent conflict between the U.S. and the former U.S.S.R. after 1945
: a conflict or dispute between two groups that does not involve actual fighting
Full Definition of cold war
1 : a conflict over ideological differences carried on by methods short of sustained overt military action and usually without breaking off diplomatic relations; specifically often capitalized C&W : the ideological conflict between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the second half of the 20th century — compare hot war
2 : a condition of rivalry, mistrust, and often open hostility short of violence especially between power groups (as labor and management)
Examples of cold war in a sentence
the era of the Cold War
the cold war between the party's more liberal and conservative members
First Known Use of cold war
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