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war (wɔː Pronunciation for war

Definitions

noun

  1. open armed conflict between two or more parties, nations, or states related adjectives belligerent martial
  2. a particular armed conflict   ⇒ the 1973 war in the Middle East
  3. the techniques of armed conflict as a study, science, or profession
  4. any conflict or contest   ⇒ a war of wits, the war against crime
  5. (modifier) of, relating to, resulting from, or characteristic of war   ⇒ a war hero, war damage, a war story
  6. See to have had a good war

  7. See in the wars

verb

Word forms:  wars,  warring,  warred
  1. (intransitive) to conduct a war

Word Origin

C12: from Old Northern French werre (variant of Old French guerre), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German werra

Synonyms

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= fight, battle, clash, wage war, campaign, struggle, combat, contend, go to war, do battle, make war, take up arms, bear arms, cross swords, conduct a war, engage in hostilities, carry on hostilities, contest,

Quotations including 'war'

  • "War is nothing but the continuation of politics by other means" [Karl von Clausewitz
  • "Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed" [Mao Zedong
  • "There was never a good war, or a bad peace" [Benjamin Franklin]
  • "War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading" [Thomas Hardy
  • "He that makes a good war makes a good peace" [George Herbert
  • "O I know they make war because they want peace; they hate so that they may live; and they destroy the present to make the world safe for the future. When have they not done and said they did it for that?" [Elizabeth Smart
  • "For what can war but endless war still breed?" [John Milton
  • "Above all, this book is not concerned with Poetry,The subject of it is War, and the Pity of War.The Poetry is in the Pity" [Wilfred Owen
  • "As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular" [Oscar Wilde
  • "In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers" [Neville Chamberlain]
  • "War is too serious a matter to entrust to military men" [Georges Clemenceau]
  • "War is like love, it always finds a way" [Bertolt Brecht
  • "It is easier to make war than to make peace" [Georges Clemenceau]
  • "During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man" [Thomas Hobbes
  • "History is littered with the wars which everybody knew would never happen" [Enoch Powell
  • "Let slip the dogs of war" [William Shakespeare
  • "War is the trade of kings" [John Dryden
  • "The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it" [George Orwell
  • "Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come" [Carl Sandburg
  • "Since war begins in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed" [Constitution of UNESCO]
  • "The next war will be fought with atom bombs and the one after that with spears" [Harold Urey]
  • "A bayonet is a weapon with a worker at each end" [pacifist slogan]
  • "Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity" [anti-war graffiti]
  • "War will cease when men refuse to fight" [pacifist slogan]
  • "After each war there is a little less democracy to save" [Brooks Atkinson
  • "What if someone gave a war and Nobody came?Life would ring the bells of Ecstasy and Forever be Itself again" [Allen Ginsberg
  • "In the fall the war was always there but we did not go to it any more" [Ernest Hemingway
  • "The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb" [Jorge Luis Borges]
  • "All is fair in love and war"

War.

Definitions

abbreviation for

  1. Warwickshire

Translations for 'war'

  • British English: warPronunciation for war A war is a period of fighting between countries.They've been at war for the last 15 years.wɔː NOUN
  • Arabic: حَرْبPronunciation for حَرْب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: guerraPronunciation for guerra
  • Chinese: 战争Pronunciation for 战争
  • Croatian: ratPronunciation for rat
  • Czech: válkaPronunciation for válka
  • Danish: krigPronunciation for krig
  • Dutch: oorlogPronunciation for oorlog
  • European Spanish: guerraPronunciation for guerra
  • Finnish: sotaPronunciation for sota
  • French: guerrePronunciation for guerre
  • German: KriegPronunciation for Krieg
  • Greek: πόλεμοςPronunciation for πόλεμος
  • Italian: guerraPronunciation for guerra
  • Japanese: 戦争Pronunciation for 戦争
  • Korean: 전쟁Pronunciation for 전쟁
  • Norwegian: krigPronunciation for krig
  • Polish: wojnaPronunciation for wojna
  • Portuguese: guerraPronunciation for guerra
  • Romanian: război războaie
  • Russian: войнаPronunciation for война
  • Spanish: guerraPronunciation for guerra
  • Swedish: krigPronunciation for krig
  • Thai: สงครามPronunciation for สงคราม
  • Turkish: savaşPronunciation for savaş
  • Ukrainian: війна
  • Vietnamese: chiến tranhPronunciation for chiến tranh

Example Sentences Including 'war'

A decade later she was among the first to enter Dachau after its liberation and ended the war bathing in Hitler's own tub.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
After the war , when English international rugby players wanted eggs for their breakfasts they were told to bring their own.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Although she lived in France after the war , she longed to hear news about the bookshop and gossip about its eccentric customers.
Country Life (2004)
British war correspondent W. H. Russell's reports in The Times shocked Britain.
Jim Leavesley, George Biro THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES E-OMNIBUS (2001)
Not surprisingly, Adrina's first appearance at the war council caused a stir, even more than Tristan's inclusion.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Russia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan have urged Baghdad to bend to international pressure in order to avoid war.
Irish Times (2002)
She's heading for Talabar to bring her father's cannon into the war.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
The vast plain had been transformed from a war camp into a thing of beauty.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Would he set any limits to Britain's support for the US-led war on international terror?
Irish Times (2002)

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