civil war

noun
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of civil war

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

Examples of civil war in a Sentence

  1. a region that has had many civil wars

  2. The country is on the brink of civil war.

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First Known Use of civil war

circa 1533

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CIVIL WAR Defined for English Language Learners

civil war

Definition of civil war for English Language Learners

  • : a war between groups of people in the same country


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civil war

noun

Definition of civil war for Students

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


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