American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 overhaul” ( 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.
- n. A war fought between factions of the inhabitants of a single country, or the citizens of a single republic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See under War.
- n. a war between different sections or parties of the same country or nation.
- n. a war between factions in the same country
- 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)
“Not only was there the personal enmity between the two men going back to the 1980s, but they were also both representative of the ideological civil war that was taking place in the Muslim world between those like bin Laden, who wanted to install Taliban-style theocracies from Indonesia to Morocco, and those like Massoud, who espoused a more moderate form of Islamism and an orientation to the West.”
“To prevent recurrence, a liberal-moderate coalition in Congress enacted in 197375 a stream of legislation limiting presidential war powers, arms sales, and covert intelligence activities, as well as specific measures forbidding or limiting bombing in Indochina, arms sales to Turkey after its troops had occupied disputed land in Cyprus, and CIA involvement in the civil war in Angola.”
“Morris was 5 when his mother — at that point raising seven children on her own — decided it was time to flee their village, Chukudum, in southern Sudan, as a civil war convulsed the region.”
“Long-neglected rural infrastructure suffered additional damage during a protracted civil war between the central government and the seceding Ibo, which ended in 1970.”
“The civil war that Zarqawi had helped to precipitate was so much larger than any one man.”
“Although there were isolated bits of fighting here and there, the civil war on Vrinda never materialized.”
“When John Singleton Copley, the Boston painter who was then in England, heard a report of the fighting, he wrote to his brother, The flame of civil war is now broke out in America, and I have not the least doubt it will rage with a violence equal to what it has ever done in any other country at any time. . .”
“And there were other large concernsfrom battling AIDS and other infectious diseases to ending civil war and genocide in Sudan to helping build more stable, capable, and prosperous states around the world.”
“On his death in 1525 civil war soon broke out, and almost at the same time Pizarro's band lauded on the coast.”
“We lay to a few minutes to ask the cutter some questions, and learned, among other glorious news, that civil war is raging in Africa, while the plague is doing its good work beautifully both in Yurope and Ayesher.”
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