Adjective "war" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A state of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country.
  1. 'the two countries were at war for the next eight years'
  2. 'According to Clausewitz, the main objective of an army at war is to defeat the opposing army.'
  3. 'If Australia was not at or about to be at war, the tactical voter's decision would be easy this weekend.'
  4. 'We are at war, and the Army intends to keep its soldiers equipped with the best gear available.'
  5. 'My job here recording the lives of these soldiers at war is nearly done, and it will be time to say goodbye.'
  6. 'With the outbreak of war the new Commonwealth of Australia found itself willingly at war for the empire.'
  7. 'Nowhere in Wallis' piece can I find an acknowledgement of the hard fact that we are at war.'
  8. 'We are brought briefly into the lives of these Marines at war and just as quickly they are taken away.'
  9. 'To put it another way, if neither side had nuclear weapons, they would be at war right now.'
  10. 'They have their armies and their weapons and you look at it as two armies at war.'
  11. 'If he believes himself to be at war, then isn't it appropriate to fight that war?'
  12. 'she was at war with her parents'
  13. 'These shouldn't be seen through a prism of diplomatic standards and as metaphors for hostility and war.'
  14. 'Today, every human being battles against the odds and faces the war of competition.'
  15. 'Mr McQuaid says while the inflation battle has been won, we may have lost the competitiveness war.'
  16. 'The battle for control of Novar, the industrial conglomerate, has all the makings of a highly charged hostile bid war.'
  17. 'She craved a contest with the miners, and was fully prepared for war.'
  18. 'It renders competition between countries into something like war by other means.'
  19. 'Everyday we are engaged in a low intensity social war as we struggle to maintain our humanity and dignity.'
  20. 'Like most brewers with exposure to emerging markets, the bidding war for Bavaria has been hotly contested.'
  21. count noun 'a war on drugs'
  22. 'This war on terror has in many ways brought out the finest qualities of the American people.'
  23. 'Other participants see the education battle as merely the front of the Party's war on tradition.'
  24. 'Her mission will be to wage war on junk food and promote the ‘five portions a day’ message.'
  25. 'The war on slums was a campaign in the real war.'
  26. 'Critics say the bill is just the latest assault on the ongoing war on our country's middle class.'
  27. 'Parliament was asked to vote for war on the assurance weapons of mass destruction existed.'
  28. 'The war on terror is harming some of the world's poorest people, and - guess what?'
  29. 'The war on terrorism had something to do with this increase, but it doesn't account for all of it.'
  30. 'The cost of carrying such project would be infinitesimally smaller that the cost of present war on terrorism.'
  31. 'The events in Kashmir lay bare the hypocrisy of the U.S. war on terrorism.'


Engage in a war.
  1. figurative 'conflicting emotions warred within her'
  2. 'As both books well demonstrate, the organizations warred with each other as much as they worked against a common enemy.'
  3. 'And some of the rivalries were extremely strong; none so like with Assassin's Cliff, but other holdings occasionally warred against each other.'
  4. 'Her quicksilver changes of intent, complex multiple qualities, polyrhythms, and opposing body parts warred with Anderson's weeping strings to create a moving picture of grief.'
  5. 'Women have warred, and still do, often bitterly, over what art qualifies as ‘feminist.’'
  6. 'Frustration and uncertainty had warred within him as he awaited Jerry's arrival home.'
  7. 'Harnak made himself speak calmly, but disbelief and hope warred in him.'
  8. 'I warred with the idol-worshipping hill chiefs,'
  9. 'Anticipation, want, fear, and affection warred within her.'
  10. 'Every emotion he'd ever known warred within his head and gut, twisting his insides about with sickening force.'
  11. 'For centuries, it has played out: the Greeks warred with the Macedonians much as the Chinese now oppress the Tibetans, and the Hutus fight the Tsutsi.'

More definitions

1. a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.

2. a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other.

3. a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 181


4. armed fighting, as a science, profession, activity, or art; methods or principles of waging armed conflict: War is the soldier's busine

More examples(as adjective)

"foundations can be war by things."

"visits can be war."

"people can be war."

"victims can be war."

"veterans can be war."

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(war)Late Old English werre, from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French guerre, from a Germanic base shared by worse.


go to war
go to the wars
be in the wars
war clouds
war of attrition
war of words
war to end all wars