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weapon of mass destruction

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Definition of weapon of mass destruction in English:

noun

A nuclear, biological, or chemical weapon able to cause widespread devastation and loss of life.
Example sentences
  • Like a nuclear bomb, a chemical or biological weapon is a weapon of mass destruction.
  • An atomic bomb is a weapon of mass destruction which uses nuclear fission to produce vast amounts of energy.
  • Terrorist use of a weapon of mass destruction is a frightening prospect.

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