civil war

civil war (plural civil wars)

  1. A war fought between factions of the inhabitants of a single country, or a similar political entity.
  • intestine war
Civil War
Proper noun
  1. Any of several civil wars, taken specifically.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 46:
      Puritans had always been only a minority, albeit one with disproportionate influence. The Civil War of the 1640s, which culminated in the execution of Charles I in 1649 and the establishment of a republic, gave them supreme power.

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