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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A war between factions or regions of the same country.
  • n. A state of hostility or conflict between elements within an organization: "The broadcaster is in the midst of a civil war that has brought it to the brink of a complete management overhaulā€ ( Bill Powell).
  • n. The war in the United States between the Union and the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865. Also called War Between the States.
  • n. The war in England between the Parliamentarians and the Royalists from 1642 to 1648.

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  • n. A war fought between factions of the inhabitants of a single country, or the citizens of a single republic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under War.
  • n. a war between different sections or parties of the same country or nation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a war between factions in the same country

Etymologies

Calque of Latin bellum civile, in English from 1651 in reference to the English Civil War, with possible early use in the 15th and 16th centuries as wer cyuile or ciuill warre. (Wiktionary)

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