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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proxy war(noun)

    a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate


  1. proxy war(Noun)

    A war where two powers use third parties as a supplement to, or a substitute for fighting each other directly.


  1. Proxy war

    A proxy war or proxy warfare is a war that results when opposing powers use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly. While powers have sometimes used governments as proxies, violent non-state actors, mercenaries, or other third parties are more often employed. It is hoped that these groups can strike an opponent without leading to full-scale war. Proxy wars have also been fought alongside full-scale conflicts. It is almost impossible to have a pure proxy war, as the groups fighting for a certain nation usually have their own interests, which can diverge from those of their patron. Typically proxy wars function best during cold wars, as they become a necessity in conducting armed conflict between at least two belligerents while continuing cold warfare.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proxy war in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proxy war in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of proxy war in a Sentence

  1. John Kerry:

    We are not interested in a proxy war. Our objective is to change Russia's behavior.

  2. Jonathan Eyal:

    We will end up in a sort of proxy war, a semi-permanent stalemate is the most likely outcome. It could last for years to come.

  3. Mullah Mansour:

    The creation of different groups ... is the last conspiracy of the invaders for continuation of the American proxy war in Afghanistan, god willing, the Afghan Muslim people will, through their strengthening of unity, foil this conspiracy.

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