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Definition of Proxy war

Proxy war Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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1. a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate
(hypernym) war, state of war
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A proxy war or proxy warfare is a war that results when opposing powers use third parties as substitutes for fighting each other directly. While powers have sometimes used governments as , violent non-state actors, and mercenaries; other third parties are more often employed. It is hoped that these groups can strike an opponent without leading to full-scale war.

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