civil war


Definition of civil war

: a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country

Examples of civil war in a Sentence

a region that has had many civil wars The country is on the brink of civil war.

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The civil war reached new levels last year — the United Nations said at least 10,000 civilians were killed and more than half the country had a serious food shortage. NBC News, "Homeland Security extends special immigration status for some Yemenis," 6 July 2018 To put this in perspective, imagine if South Sudan, the world’s youngest country and one now engulfed in civil war, were to be in a Cup final in a decade or so. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 The first architect was John Wellborn Root, who as a boy had fled Sherman’s march on Atlanta during the civil war. The Economist, "The birth of the skyscraper on the streets of Chicago," 28 June 2018 China and Taiwan -- officially the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China, respectively -- split in 1949 following the Communist victory on the mainland after a civil war. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Washington opens de facto embassy in Taiwan, angering China," 12 June 2018 Syria has been wracked by civil war since 2011 and its president, Bashar al-Assad, pilloried by some for terrorizing his own people. Drew Broach,, "3 Louisiana congressmen back Syrian missile strikes and refugee ban," 24 Apr. 2018 Taylor – to prison in 2009 for his own barbaric behavior in a second civil war that roiled Liberia between 1999 and 2003. Jeremy Roebuck,, "'Jungle Jabbah,' ex-warlord living in Delco, sentenced to 30 years," 19 Apr. 2018 Yemen was plunged into civil war in 2014 when the rebels captured Sanaa. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "UN envoy arrives in Yemen after deadly weekend attack," 28 Jan. 2019 Over the subsequent years, the Arab Spring faded into an Arab Winter as Syria spiraled into civil war and Egypt faced an authoritarian backlash to its once-promising revolution. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Where the Holy Land Meets the Modern World," 12 July 2018

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circa 1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of civil war was circa 1533

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: a war between groups of people in the same country

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: a war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country

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