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civil war

noun [C] uk   us  
a war fought by different groups of people living in the same country: The Spanish Civil War lasted from 1936 to 1939.
Translations of “civil war”
in Korean 내전…
in Arabic حَرْب أهْلِيّة…
in Portuguese guerra civil…
in Catalan guerra civil…
in Japanese 内乱, 内戦…
in Italian guerra civile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 內戰…
in Russian гражданская война…
in Turkish iç savaş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 内战…
in Polish wojna domowa…
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