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Etymology Edit

From war +‎ fare; perhaps a shortening of Middle English werre-faringe, werfarynge (waging war, warfare, literally going to war).

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Noun Edit

warfare (usually uncountable, plural warfares)

  1. The waging of war or armed conflict against an enemy.
  2. Military operations of some particular kind e.g. guerrilla warfare.

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Verb Edit

warfare (third-person singular simple present warfares, present participle warfaring, simple past and past participle warfared)

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

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