Civil war

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A civil war is a war between organized groups within the same state (or country). The aim of one side may be to take control of the country or a region, to achieve independence for a region, or to change government policies. The term is a calque of Latin bellum civile which was used to refer to the various civil wars of the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC.


  • Amongst all other vices there is none I hate more than cruelty, both by nature and judgement, as the extremest of all vices. ... I live in an age wherein we abound with incredible examples of this vice, through the licentiousness of our civil and intestine wars; And read all ancient Stories, be they never so tragical, you shall find none to equal those, we daily see practised.
    England hath long been mad, and scarr'd herself;
    The brother blindly shed the brother's blood,
    The father rashly slaughter'd his own son,
    The son, compell'd, been butcher to the sire:
    All this divided York and Lancaster,
  • The Civil Wars, the common purgative,
    Which always use to make the nation thrive,
  • I can assure you that no kingdom has ever had as many civil wars as the kingdom of Christ.
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