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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawr-fair]
    • /ˈwɔrˌfɛər/
    • /ˈwɔː.feər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr-fair]
    • /ˈwɔrˌfɛər/

Definitions of warfare word

  • noun warfare the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations; war. 1
  • noun warfare armed conflict between two massed enemies, armies, or the like. 1
  • noun warfare conflict, especially when vicious and unrelenting, between competitors, political rivals, etc. 1
  • noun warfare Engagement in or the activities involved in war or conflict. 1
  • noun warfare war, combat 1
  • noun warfare non-war conflict 1

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Origin of warfare

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
1425-75; late Middle English werefare, i.e., a faring forth to war; see war1, fare

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Parts of speech for Warfare


warfare popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

warfare usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for warfare

noun warfare

  • fighting — fit to fight: a boxer who's no longer in fighting shape.
  • conflict — Conflict is serious disagreement and argument about something important. If two people or groups are in conflict, they have had a serious disagreement or argument and have not yet reached agreement.
  • combat — Combat is fighting that takes place in a war.
  • war — a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.
  • battle — A battle is a violent fight between groups of people, especially one between military forces during a war.

Antonyms for warfare

noun warfare

  • ceasefire — A ceasefire is an arrangement in which countries or groups of people that are fighting each other agree to stop fighting.
  • peace — the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  • truce — a suspension of hostilities for a specified period of time by mutual agreement of the warring parties; cease-fire; armistice.
  • harmony — agreement; accord; harmonious relations.

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