hostilities

hostilities

n. pl. 1. a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration, during which the international rules of war apply.
Syn. -- war, state of war, hot war.
[WordNet 1.5]

We have showed ourselves generous adversaries . . . and have carried on even our hostilities with humanity.
Atterbury.
[1913 Webster]

2. acts of overt warfare.
Syn. -- belligerency.
[WordNet 1.5]

 

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