a. The waging of war against an enemy; armed conflict.
b. Military operations marked by a specific characteristic: guerrilla warfare; chemical warfare.
2. A state of disharmony or conflict; strife: constant spousal warfare in the household.
3. Acts undertaken to destroy or undermine the strength of another: political warfare.
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