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War vs. Conflict: Know the Difference

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War is a large-scale, organized armed conflict between countries or groups, while conflict is a broader term for any serious disagreement or struggle.
War vs. Conflict

Key Differences

War specifically refers to a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. Conflict, on the other hand, encompasses a wider range of disagreements and struggles, not necessarily involving physical violence.
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Wars are generally recognized as formal, large-scale conflicts that often involve government forces. Conflicts can be smaller scale, ranging from personal disputes to international tensions, and do not necessarily escalate to armed confrontation.
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The term war implies a certain degree of organization and typically involves the military forces of the conflicting parties. In contrast, conflict can occur in various forms, including cultural, political, and social disputes, without a formal structure.
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War is often declared and recognized by governments or governing bodies, with clear objectives and end goals. Conflicts can be less defined, without formal declarations or specific objectives, and can range from verbal disputes to non-violent resistance.
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War usually results in significant political, social, and economic changes, often enforced by international law and conventions. Conflicts, while they can lead to significant outcomes, do not always result in such wide-reaching changes or legal implications.
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Comparison Chart

Scale

Large-scale and formal
Can range from small to large scale
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Participants

Typically nations or organized groups
Any parties, including individuals
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Violence

Involves armed combat
May or may not involve physical violence
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Recognition

Often formally declared and recognized
Can be informal and unrecognized
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Outcome and Consequences

Significant changes, often with legal implications
Varies widely, may not have legal implications
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War and Conflict Definitions

War

War involves organized, large-scale military operations.
The war required extensive military strategy and resources.
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Conflict

Conflict refers to a state of discord caused by perceived opposition.
The ideological conflict sparked debates.
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War

War refers to a period of intense armed struggle.
The war had devastating effects on the civilian population.
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Conflict

Conflict can involve a clash of interests or ideas.
The conflict of interests led to ethical dilemmas.
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War

War is a declared, formal conflict between states.
The declaration of war led to international involvement.
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Conflict

Conflict is a serious disagreement or argument.
The labor conflict resulted in a strike.
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War

A state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.
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Conflict

Conflict can be a prolonged struggle between opposing forces.
The conflict between the two factions lasted years.
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War

The period of such conflict.
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Conflict

Conflict denotes any form of friction or disagreement.
The siblings often had conflict over trivial matters.
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War

The techniques and procedures of war; military science.
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Conflict

A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
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War

A condition of active antagonism or contention
A war of words.
A price war.
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Conflict

A state of disagreement or disharmony between persons or ideas; a clash
A conflict over water rights.
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War

A concerted effort or campaign to combat or put an end to something considered injurious
The war against acid rain.
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Conflict

(Psychology) An emotional or mental disturbance resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.
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War

To wage or carry on warfare.
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Conflict

Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially when motivating or shaping the action of the plot.
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War

To be in a state of hostility or rivalry; contend.
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Conflict

To be in or come into opposition; differ.
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War

(uncountable) Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually but not always involving active engagement of military forces.
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Conflict

(Archaic) To engage in warfare.
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War

(countable) A particular conflict of this kind.
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Conflict

A clash or disagreement, often violent, between two or more opposing groups or individuals.
The conflict between the government and the rebels began three years ago.
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War

Protracted armed conflict against irregular forces, particularly groups considered terrorists.
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Conflict

An incompatibility, as of two things that cannot be simultaneously fulfilled.
I wanted to attend the meeting but there's a conflict in my schedule that day.
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War

Protracted conflict, particularly
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Conflict

(intransitive) To be at odds (with); to disagree or be incompatible
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War

Campaigns against various social problems.
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Conflict

(intransitive) To overlap (with), as in a schedule.
Your conference call conflicts with my older one: please reschedule.
It appears that our schedules conflict.
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War

(business) A protracted instance of fierce competition in trade.
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Conflict

A striking or dashing together; violent collision; as, a conflict of elements or waves.
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War

(crime) A prolonged conflict between two groups of organized criminals, usually over organizational or territorial control.
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Conflict

A strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle; struggle; fighting.
As soon as he [Atterbury] was himself again, he became eager for action and conflict.
An irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces.
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War

(Internet) An argument between two or more people with opposing opinions on a topic or issue.
Flame war... edit war...
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Conflict

To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide.
Fire and water conflicting together.
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War

An assembly of weapons; instruments of war.
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Conflict

To maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or opposition; to struggle.
A man would be content to . . . conflict with great difficulties, in hopes of a mighty reward.
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War

(obsolete) Armed forces.
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Conflict

To be in opposition; to be contradictory.
The laws of the United States and of the individual States may, in some cases, conflict with each other.
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War

Any of a family of card games where all cards are dealt at the beginning of play and players attempt to capture them all, typically involving no skill and only serving to kill time.
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Conflict

An open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals);
The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph
Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs
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War

(intransitive) To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe).
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Conflict

Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings;
He was immobilized by conflict and indecision
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War

(transitive) To carry on, as a contest; to wage.
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Conflict

A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war;
Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
He lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
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War

Ware; aware.
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Conflict

A state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests;
His conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post
A conflict of loyalties
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War

A contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities.
Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed.
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Conflict

An incompatibility of dates or events;
He noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings
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War

A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
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Conflict

Opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot);
This form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing
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War

Instruments of war.
His complement of stores, and total war.
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Conflict

A disagreement or argument about something important;
He had a dispute with his wife
There were irreconcilable differences
The familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats
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War

Forces; army.
On their embattled ranks the waves return,And overwhelm their war.
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Conflict

Be in conflict;
The two proposals conflict!
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War

The profession of arms; the art of war.
Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth.
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Conflict

Go against, as of rules and laws;
He ran afould of the law
This behavior conflicts with our rules
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War

A state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart.
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War

To make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence.
Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it.
Why should I war without the walls of Troy?
Our countrymen were warring on that day!
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War

To contend; to strive violently; to fight.
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War

To make war upon; to fight.
To war the Scot, and borders to defend.
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War

To carry on, as a contest; to wage.
That thou . . . mightest war a good warfare.
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War

The waging of armed conflict against an enemy;
Thousands of people were killed in the war
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War

A legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply;
War was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring
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War

An active struggle between competing entities;
A price war
A war of wits
Diplomatic warfare
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War

A concerted campaign to end something that is injurious;
The war on poverty
The war against crime
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War

Make or wage war
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War

War is a state of armed conflict between nations or groups.
The two countries have been at war for several years.
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War

War is a prolonged conflict carried out by armed forces.
The civil war divided the nation for decades.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Are wars always between countries?

Wars can be between countries or within a country, as in civil wars.
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Can individuals be involved in a war?

Individuals participate in wars usually as part of larger groups or armies.
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Can a war exist without physical violence?

Typically, war implies physical violence, unlike some conflicts which can be non-violent.
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Can a conflict lead to a war?

Yes, unresolved conflicts can escalate into wars.
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Are all wars formally declared?

Not all wars have formal declarations, but many do.
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Can a war occur without government involvement?

Typically, wars involve government or organized groups, not isolated individuals.
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Are conflicts limited to specific areas?

Conflicts can occur in any setting, from personal to international levels.
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Is every conflict a war?

No, not all conflicts escalate to the level of a war, which involves armed combat.
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How long do wars last?

Wars can vary in length, often lasting for years or even decades.
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Can a conflict be peaceful?

Yes, conflicts can be non-violent, such as ideological or verbal disagreements.
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Do wars always affect civilians?

Wars often impact civilians, though the extent can vary.
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Do conflicts always involve direct opposition?

Yes, conflicts inherently involve some form of opposition or disagreement.
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Do wars always involve armies?

Most wars involve military forces, though some may involve irregular or guerilla forces.
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Is international intervention more common in wars or conflicts?

International intervention is more common in wars due to their scale and impact.
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Is the term 'war' used metaphorically?

Yes, 'war' can be used metaphorically, like in the 'war on drugs'.
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Are conflicts always negative?

While often seen as negative, conflicts can lead to positive change and resolution.
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Do wars and conflicts have the same legal implications?

No, wars often have more significant legal and international implications.
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Can a war end without a formal agreement?

Yes, though formal agreements often officially conclude wars.
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Can conflicts be resolved through negotiation?

Many conflicts can be resolved through dialogue and negotiation.
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Is media coverage similar for wars and conflicts?

Media coverage can vary greatly, often more extensive for wars due to their scale.
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