Definitions for warwɑr
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word war
the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
"thousands of people were killed in the war"
war, state of war(noun)
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"
an active struggle between competing entities
"a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare"
a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
"the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
make or wage war
Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
A particular conflict of this kind.
By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt.
To engage in conflict (may be followed by "with" to specify the foe).
To carry on, as a contest; to wage.
That thou mightest war a good warfare. uE0004693uE001 Tim. i. 18.
a contest between nations or states, carried on by force, whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition of territory, for obtaining and establishing the superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers; declared and open hostilities
a condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason
instruments of war
the profession of arms; the art of war
a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility
to make war; to invade or attack a state or nation with force of arms; to carry on hostilities; to be in a state by violence
to contend; to strive violently; to fight
to make war upon; to fight
to carry on, as a contest; to wage
Origin: [OE. & AS. werre; akin to OHG. werra scandal, quarrel, sedition, werran to confound, mix, D. warren, G. wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps to E. worse; cf. OF. werre war, F. querre, of Teutonic origin. Cf. Guerrilla, Warrior.]
War is an organised and often prolonged conflict that is carried out by states and/or non-state actors. It is characterised by extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction. War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities, and therefore is defined as a form of political violence or intervention. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of war is usually called peace. In 2003, Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley identified war as the sixth biggest problem facing the society of mankind for the next fifty years. In the 1832 treatise On War, Prussian military general and theoretician Carl von Clausewitz defined war as follows: "War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will." While some scholars see warfare as an inescapable and integral aspect of human nature, others argue that it is only inevitable under certain socio-cultural or ecological circumstances. Some scholars argue that the practice of war is not linked to any single type of political organization or society. Rather, as discussed by John Keegan in his History of Warfare, war is a universal phenomenon whose form and scope is defined by the society that wages it. Another argument suggests that since there are human societies in which warfare does not exist, humans may not be naturally disposed for warfare, which emerges under particular circumstances. The ever changing technologies and potentials of war extend along a historical continuum. At the one end lies the endemic warfare of the Paleolithic with its stones and clubs, and the naturally limited loss of life associated with the use of such weapons. Found at the other end of this continuum is nuclear warfare, along with the recently developed possible outcome of its use, namely the potential risk of the complete extinction of the human species.
The Roycroft Dictionary
The sure result of the existence of armed men.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Hostile conflict between organized groups of people.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A wholesale means of making heroes which, if planned in a small way, would produce only murderers.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'war' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #300
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'war' in Written Corpus Frequency: #512
Rank popularity for the word 'war' in Nouns Frequency: #85
Images & Illustrations of war
Translations for war
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for war »
Find a translation for the war definition in other languages:
Select another language: