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war British & World English

A state of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country

war English Thesaurus

the Napoleonic wars

cod war British & World English

Any of several disputes between Britain and Iceland in the period 1958–76, concerning fishing rights in waters around Iceland

hot war British & World English

A war with active military hostilities

pre-war British & World English

Existing, occurring, or built before a war

psy-war British & World English

Psychological warfare

war cry British & World English

A call made to rally soldiers for battle or to gather together participants in a campaign

anti-war British & World English

Opposed to war in general or to the conduct of a specific war

Chaco War British & World English

A boundary dispute in 1932-5 between Bolivia and Paraguay, in which Paraguay eventually gained most of the disputed territory

civil war British & World English

A war between citizens of the same country

cold war British & World English

A state of political hostility between countries characterized by threats, propaganda, and other measures short of open warfare, in particular

flame war British & World English

A lengthy exchange of angry or abusive messages between users of an Internet message board or forum

Great War British & World English

Another name for First World War.

Gulf War British & World English

another name for Iran–Iraq War.

holy war British & World English

A war declared or waged in support of a religious cause

June War British & World English

Arab name for Six Day War.

just war British & World English

A war that is deemed to be morally or theologically justifiable

phony war British & World English

The period of comparative inaction at the beginning of World War II between the German invasion of Poland (September 1939) and that of Norway (April 1940)

post-war British & World English

Occurring or existing after a war (especially the Second World War)

price war British & World English

A period of fierce competition in which traders cut prices in an attempt to increase their share of the market

proxy war British & World English

A war instigated by a major power which does not itself become involved

total war British & World English

A war which is unrestricted in terms of the weapons used, the territory or combatants involved, or the objectives pursued, especially one in which the accepted rules of war are disregarded

trade war British & World English

A situation in which countries try to damage each other’s trade, typically by the imposition of tariffs or quota restrictions

turf war British & World English

An acrimonious dispute between rival groups over territory or a particular sphere of influence

war baby British & World English

A child born in wartime, especially one fathered by a serviceman

war bride British & World English

A woman who marries a man whom she met while he was on active service

war chest British & World English

A reserve of funds used for fighting a war

war crime British & World English

An act carried out during the conduct of a war that violates accepted international rules of war

war dance British & World English

A ceremonial dance performed before a battle or to celebrate victory

war drum British & World English

A drum beaten as a summons or an accompaniment to battle

war game British & World English

A military exercise carried out to test or improve tactical expertise

war grave British & World English

A grave of a member of the armed forces who has died on active service, especially one in a special cemetery that serves as a monument

war loan British & World English

Stock issued by the British government to raise funds at a time of war

war poet British & World English

A poet writing at the time of and on the subject of war, especially one on military service during the First World War

war room British & World English

A room from which a war is directed

war-torn British & World English

(Of a place) racked or devastated by war

war-weary British & World English

Exhausted and dispirited by war or conflict

war widow British & World English

A woman whose husband has been killed in war

war zone British & World English

A region in which a war is being fought

world war British & World English

A war involving many large nations in all different parts of the world. The name is commonly given to the wars of 1914–18 and 1939–45, although only the second of these was truly global

Gulf War New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

war in 1991 in which Iraqi forces were driven from Kuwait


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