|part of speech:
||intense political or ideological hostility between nations, resulting in high tension between them, but not in outright war.
||(cap.) the state of intense political and ideological hostility and competition for power that obtained between the communist Soviet Union and China and their allies, and the United States and its democratic allies, between the end of World War II and about 1990. The Cold War, always stopping short of direct military conflict, manifested in the arms race, the space race, and proxy wars in Vietnam, Korea, and the Middle East.
||cold warrior (n.)