- Warfare is engagement in violent conflict, or the activities involved with violent conflict.
- Bombing a country you are in a dispute with is an example of warfare.
- Pitting one class of people against another, making the poor hate the rich, is an example of class warfare.
- the action of waging war; armed conflict
- conflict or struggle of any kind
- a. The waging of war against an enemy; armed conflict.b. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic: guerrilla warfare; chemical warfare.
- A state of disharmony or conflict; strife: constant spousal warfare in the household.
- Acts undertaken to destroy or undermine the strength of another: political warfare.
Origin of warfareMiddle English : warre, war; see war + fare, journey (from Old English faru, from faran, to journey; see fare).
(usually uncountable, plural warfares)
(third-person singular simple present warfares, present participle warfaring, simple past and past participle warfared)
- To lead a military life; to carry on continual wars.
- warfare in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
From 1425–75 late Middle English werefare.