Meaning of cold war
- intense economic, political, military, and ideological rivalry between nations, short of military conflict; sustained hostile political policies and an atmosphere of strain between opposed countries.
- a continuing state of resentful antagonism between two parties short of open hostility or violence.
- (caps.) rivalry after World War II between the Soviet Union and its satellites and the democratic countries of the Western world, under the leadership of the United States.
- cold war (Thesaurus)