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Definition 1: the waging of armed conflict against an enemy - [noun denoting act]

Samples where war or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • thousands of people were killed in the war

Synonyms for war in the sense of this definition

(war is a kind of ...) a military engagement

"he saw action in Korea"

(... is a kind of war ) a war in which the major nations of the world are involved

(... is a kind of war ) actual fighting between the warring parties

(... is a kind of war ) the use of information or information technology during a time of crisis or conflict to achieve or promote specific objectives over a specific adversary or adversaries

"not everyone agrees that information warfare is limited to the realm of traditional warfare"

(... is a kind of war ) the use of bacteria or viruses or toxins to destroy men and animals or food

(... is a kind of war ) warfare using chemical agents to kill or injure or incapacitate the enemy

(... is a kind of war ) a war between factions in the same country

(... is a kind of war ) a war whose objective is less than the unconditional defeat of the enemy

(... is a kind of war ) the use of psychological tactics to destroy the opponents' morale

(... is an instance of war) a war fought between Iraq and a coalition led by the United States that freed Kuwait from Iraqi invaders; 1990-1991

(... is an instance of war) a war between the United States and Spain in 1898

(... is an instance of war) a war of England and Prussia against France and Austria (1756-1763); Britain and Prussia got the better of it

(... is an instance of war) Japanese victory in the war with Russia (1904-1905) gave Japan power over Korea and Manchuria

(... is an instance of war) one of the three wars between Carthage and Rome that resulted in the destruction of Carthage and its annexation by Rome; 264-241 BC, 218-201 BC, 149-146 BC

(... is an instance of war) a war in which Athens and its allies were defeated by the league centered on Sparta; 431-404 BC

(... is an instance of war) a series of conflicts (1618-1648) between Protestants and Catholics starting in Germany and spreading until France and Denmark and Sweden were opposing the Holy Roman Empire and Spain

(... is an instance of war) (Greek mythology) a great war fought between Greece and Troy; the Greeks sailed to Troy to recover Helen of Troy, the beautiful wife of Menelaus who had been abducted by Paris; after ten years the Greeks (via the Trojan Horse) achieved final victory and burned Troy to the ground

"the story of the Trojan War is told in Homer's Iliad"

(... is an instance of war) a prolonged war (1954-1975) between the communist armies of North Vietnam who were supported by the Chinese and the armies of South Vietnam who were supported by the United States

(... is an instance of war) Prussia and Austria fought over Silesia and most of the rest of Europe took sides; 1740-1748

(... is an instance of war) an aggressive war waged by Louis XIV against Spain and the Holy Roman Empire and England and Holland and other states (1689-1697)

(... is an instance of war) a general war in Europe (1701-1714) that broke out when Louis XIV installed his grandson on the throne of Spain; England and Holland hoped to limit Louis' power

(... is an instance of war) struggle for the English throne (1455-1485) between the house of York (white rose) and the house of Lancaster (red rose) ending with the accession of the Tudor monarch Henry VII

(... is an instance of war) a war (1812-1814) between the United States and England which was trying to interfere with American trade with France

(... is an instance of war) the Greeks rebelled against Turkish rule in 1821; with the support of England and France and Russia they won independence in 1828 at Navarino (although the country included only half its present size)

(... is an instance of war) a series of wars fought between France (led by Napoleon Bonaparte) and alliances involving England and Prussia and Russia and Austria at different times; 1799-1815

(... is an instance of war) after disputes over Texas lands that were settled by Mexicans the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846 and by treaty in 1848 took Texas and California and Arizona and New Mexico and Nevada and Utah and part of Colorado and paid Mexico $15,000,000

(... is an instance of war) a war between China and Japan (1894 and 1895) over the control of the Korean Peninsula; China was overwhelmingly defeated at Port Arthur

(... is an instance of war) one the four wars between Macedonia and Rome in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, which ended in the defeat of Macedonia and its annexation as a Roman province

(... is an instance of war) tension between Arabs and Israeli erupted into a brief war in June 1967; Israel emerged as a major power in the Middle East

(... is an instance of war) Egypt and Syria attacked Israel in October 1973 (on Yom Kippur); Israel counterattacked and drove the Syrians back and crossed the Suez Canal into Egypt

(... is an instance of war) two wars (1912-1913) that were fought over the last of the European territories of the Ottoman Empire and that left the area around Constantinople (now Istanbul) as the only Ottoman territory in Europe

(... is an instance of war) either of two wars: the first when the Boers fought England in order to regain the independence they had given up to obtain British help against the Zulus (1880-1881); the second when the Orange Free State and Transvaal declared war on Britain (1899-1902)

(... is an instance of war) a war in Crimea between Russia and a group of nations including England and France and Turkey and Sardinia; 1853-1856

(... is an instance of war) a war between France and Prussia that ended the Second Empire in France and led to the founding of modern Germany; 1870-1871

(... is an instance of war) a war in North America between France and Britain (both aided by American Indian tribes); 1755-1760

(... is an instance of war) the series of wars fought intermittently between France and England; 1337-1453

(... is an instance of war) a dispute over control of the waterway between Iraq and Iran broke out into open fighting in 1980 and continued until 1988, when they accepted a UN cease-fire resolution

(... is an instance of war) a war between North and South Korea; South Korea was aided by the United States and other members of the United Nations; 1950-1953

(war is a part of ...) an engagement fought between two military forces

(war is a part of ...) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

"Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

(war is a part of ...) the act of initiating hostilities

(war belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

(war is the domain which ... is member of) one of two or more contesting groups

"the Confederate side was prepared to attack"

(war is the domain which ... is member of) someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)

(war is the domain which ... is member of) a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply

"war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"

(war is the domain which ... is member of) (war) a reduction in intensity (of a crisis or a war)

Definition 2: a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious - [noun denoting act]

Samples where war or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the war on poverty
  • the war against crime

(war is a kind of ...) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

"he supported populist campaigns" "they worked in the cause of world peace" "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant" "the movement to end slavery" "contributed to the war effort"

Definition 3: an active struggle between competing entities - [noun denoting act]

Samples where war or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a price war
  • a war of wits
  • diplomatic warfare

Synonyms for war in the sense of this definition

(war is a kind of ...) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

"the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph" "police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"

(... is a kind of war ) conflict between law enforcement and those who deal in illegal drugs

(... is a kind of war ) a struggle (usually prolonged) between competing entities in which neither side is able to win

"the hope that his superior campaigning skills would make a difference evaporated in the realization that electioneering had become a form of trench warfare"

Definition 4: a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply - [noun denoting state]

Samples where war or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring

Synonyms for war in the sense of this definition

(war is a kind of ...) a state of deep-seated ill-will

(... is a kind of war ) a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate

(war belongs to category ...) the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

"thousands of people were killed in the war"

Definition 5: make or wage war - [verb of competition]

(war is a kind of ...) be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

"the tribesmen fought each other" "Siblings are always fighting" "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

(... is a kind of war ) fight a quick and surprising war

(... is a kind of war ) commence hostilities

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