Cold War Definition

A conflict between nations that act with hostility toward one another but do not engage in direct warfare.
Webster's New World
A state of political tension and military rivalry between nations that stops short of full-scale war, especially that which existed between the United States and Soviet Union following World War II.
American Heritage
A state of rivalry and tension between two factions, groups, or individuals that stops short of open, violent confrontation.
American Heritage
The period of hostility short of open war between the Soviet Bloc and the Western powers, especially the United States, 1945–91.

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