Human conflict … what an endless subject!
palace revolution – overthrow of a ruler by those who are already in the ruling group
– Georges Lefebvre and Elizabeth M. Evanson, The French Revolution
When he [Karl Menninger] had turned 71 and still was not ready to relinquish command, impatient subordinates staged a palace revolution and kicked him upstairs to be chairman of the board.
– Time Magazine, Aug. 6, 1973
A palace revolution in athletics was triggered yesterday with a demand for the resignation of the world governing body's president. Luciano Barra, one of the sport's most respected officials, sent a seven-page letter to … the International Association of Athletics Federations' president, and copied it to council members.
– The Herald (UK), Sept. 19, 2006
dragoon – 1. to subjugate or persecute by imposition of troops 2. to compel by violent measures or threats; coerce
[from Fr. dragon carbine, musket, because the guns "breathed fire" like a dragon]
– Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
importunate – persistent or pressing in entreaty (with the overtone of being annoyingly so)
casus belli – an act or situation provoking or justifying war
– Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 9, 2002
sortie – an attack by troops breaking out of a defensive position; also, a flight by a military aircraft
But the meaning has expanded to a non-military sense, not thoroughly noted in the dictionaries.
sortie – a incursion into new territory
– Jalopnik, Oct. 6, 2006
jihad – 1. a holy war waged on behalf of Islam 2. a crusade for a principle or belief
The secord, figurative use is rare, but more interesting. I would say it typically has the sense of a vendetta.
– National Post (Canada), Oct. 26, 2006
polemology – the study of war, esp. as an academic discipline
So says OED, but notice the second quote. I suppose it all depends on your point of view.
– Hannah Arendt, On Violence (1970)
Francis A. Beer advocates the adoption of a more scientific perspective in "polemology" or "peace science."
– Jongsuk Chay, Culture and International Relations
antebellum – of the period preceding a particular war
(but almost always used with reference to the U.S. Civil War; that is, pre-1861)
– Time Magazine, Jan. 23, 1989