cold war

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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 U.S. and the U.S.S.R. 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 (such as labor and management)

Examples of cold war in a Sentence

  1. the era of the Cold War

  2. the cold war between the party's more liberal and conservative members

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First Known Use of cold war

1945

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of cold war for English Language Learners

  • 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


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