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civil war

 
pronunciation:
sI vl wor
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a war within one country between different groups or areas of that country.
Many countries have had civil wars during their histories, and civil wars are still occurring in the world today.
definition 2: (cap.)The U.S. war (1861-1865) between the Northern states (Union) and the Southern states (Confederacy), which was caused by a conflict over the governing rights of individual states and the practice of slavery.
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