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cold war (n.)

"nonhostile belligerency," used in print October 1945 by George Orwell; popularized in U.S. c. 1947 by U.S. statesman Bernard Baruch (1870-1965). Hence hot war (1947).

More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly. [Woody Allen, from "My Speech to the Graduates," 1979]

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Definitions of cold war from WordNet
1
cold war (n.)
a state of political hostility between countries using means short of armed warfare;
2
Cold War (n.)
a state of political hostility that existed from 1945 until 1990 between countries led by the Soviet Union and countries led by the United States;
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