What does warfare mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. war, warfarenoun

    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

    "thousands of people were killed in the war"

  2. war, warfarenoun

    an active struggle between competing entities

    "a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare"


  1. warfarenoun

    The waging of war or armed conflict against an enemy

  2. warfarenoun

    Military operations of some particular kind e.g. guerrilla warfare

  3. warfareverb

    To lead a military life; to carry on continual wars.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Warfarenoun

    Military service; military life.

    Etymology: war and fare.

    In the wilderness
    He shall first lay down the rudiments
    Of his great warfare, ere I send him forth
    To conquer sin and death. John Milton, Paradise Regained.

    Faithful hath been your warfare, and of God
    Accepted, fearless in his righteous cause. John Milton.

    Marcus Tullius Cicero, when he read the Tactics, was thinking on the bar which was his field of battle: the knowledge of warfare is thrown away on a general who does not make use of what he knows. Dryden.

    The state of Christians, even when they are not actually persecuted, is a perpetual state of warfare and voluntary sufferings. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The scripture has directed us to refer these miscarriages in our Christian warfare to the power of three enemies. John Rogers.

  2. To Warefare To Warfareverb

    To lead a military life.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    That was the only amulet in that credulous warfaring age to escape dangers in battles. William Camden, Remains.


  1. warfare

    Warfare refers to the engagement in or activities involved in war or conflict. It involves strategies and tactics used in fighting, including combat between nations or political groups, using weapons, military technology and methodologies. Warfare can be conducted on land, sea, air, and even in digital spaces, and can also include elements such as propaganda and psychological warfare to weaken an enemy's morale. It's often initiated to achieve political, socio-economic or territorial dominance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Warfarenoun

    military service; military life; contest carried on by enemies; hostilities; war

  2. Warfarenoun

    contest; struggle

  3. Warfareverb

    to lead a military life; to carry on continual wars

  4. Etymology: [War + OE. fare a journey, a passage, course, AS. faru. See Fare, n.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. warfare

    Military service; military life; war; hostilities; contest carried on by enemies.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of warfare in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of warfare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of warfare in a Sentence

  1. Ben Hodges:

    I am very impressed and concerned with the development of Russia's electronic warfare capability. You know, the last 20 years, we were focused correctly, on cellphones, and terrorist networks and in trying to intercept and crack into those.

  2. Rebekah Koffler:

    Both sides right now are waging information warfare on each other, it's very long and incorporates all kinds of things. If he's really an FSB officer in the middle of this conflict right now, who has the time to write such a long post that would incorporate all these various things?

  3. Dan Quayle, 10/2/90 (reported in Esquire, 8/92):

    Vietnam is a jungle. You had jungle warfare. Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, you have sand. [There is no need to worry about a protracted war because] from a historical basis, Middle East conflicts do not last a long time.

  4. President Trump:

    It’s almost a form of warfare.

  5. John Burroughs:

    Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.

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