- the action of waging war; armed conflict
- conflict or struggle of any kind
- 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.
Warfare is engagement in violent conflict, or the activities involved with violent conflict.
- 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.
From 1425-75 late Middle English werefare.
- I'm an urban warfare tactics trainer, specializing in tracking.
- Commercial warfare was to be avoided because of the cost.
- Even in land-warfare he cast aside the weapons of his forefathers; but he soon learned to handle the weapons of his new land with greater prowess than they had ever been handled before.
- During these two or three years of incessant political intrigue and warfare it was not to be expected that the Lateran council should accomplish much.
- The partisan warfare flamed up most fiercely in the latter days of October.