Definitions for: War


[n] a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; "the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
[n] the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
[n] an active struggle between competing entities; "a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare"
[n] 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"
[v] make or wage war



Webster (1913) Definition: War, a.
Ware; aware. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


War, n. [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.]
1. 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.

Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed.
--F. W.
Robertson.

Note: As war is the contest of nations or states, it always
implies that such contest is authorized by the monarch
or the sovereign power of the nation. A war begun by
attacking another nation, is called an offensive war,
and such attack is aggressive. War undertaken to repel
invasion, or the attacks of an enemy, is called
defensive.

2. (Law) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by
physical force. In this sense, levying war against the
sovereign authority is treason.

3. Instruments of war. [Poetic]

His complement of stores, and total war. --Prior.

4. Forces; army. [Poetic]

On their embattled ranks the waves return, And
overwhelm their war. --Milton.

5. The profession of arms; the art of war.

Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from
his youth. --1 Sam. xvii.
33.

6. a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an
inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
``Raised impious war in heaven.'' --Milton.

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
but war was in his heart. --Ps. lv. 21.

Civil war, a war between different sections or parties of
the same country or nation.

Holy war. See under Holy.

Man of war. (Naut.) See in the Vocabulary.

Public war, a war between independent sovereign states.

War cry, a cry or signal used in war; as, the Indian war
cry.

War dance, a dance among savages preliminary to going to
war. Among the North American Indians, it is begun by some
distinguished chief, and whoever joins in it thereby
enlists as one of the party engaged in a warlike
excursion. --Schoolcraft.

War field, a field of war or battle.

War horse, a horse used in war; the horse of a cavalry
soldier; especially, a strong, powerful, spirited horse
for military service; a charger.

War paint, paint put on the face and other parts of the
body by savages, as a token of going to war. ``Wash the
war paint from your faces.'' --Longfellow.

War song, a song of or pertaining to war; especially, among
the American Indians, a song at the war dance, full of
incitements to military ardor.

War whoop, a war cry, especially that uttered by the
American Indians.


War, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Warred; p. pr. & vb. n.
Warring.]
1. 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.

Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of
Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem
to war against it. --Isa. vii. 1.

Why should I war without the walls of Troy? --Shak.

Our countrymen were warring on that day! --Byron.

2. To contend; to strive violently; to fight. ``Lusts which
war against the soul.'' --1 Pet. ii. 11.


War, v. t.
1. To make war upon; to fight. [R.]

To war the Scot, and borders to defend. --Daniel.

2. To carry on, as a contest; to wage. [R.]

That thou . . . mightest war a good warfare. --Tim.
i. 18.

Synonyms: state of war, warfare

Antonyms: make peace, peace

See Also: action, aggression, antagonism, Arab-Israeli War, armed combat, Balkan Wars, battle, biological warfare, blitzkrieg, Boer War, BW, campaign, cause, chemical operations, chemical warfare, Chino-Japanese War, civil war, combat, conflict, Crimean War, crusade, drive, effort, engagement, enmity, fight, fight, Franco-Prussian War, French and Indian War, go to war, hostility, hot war, Hundred Years' War, Iran-Iraq War, jehad, jihad, Korean War, limited war, Mexican War, military action, movement, Napoleonic Wars, Peloponnesian War, Persian Gulf War, psychological warfare, Punic Wars, Russo-Japanese War, Seven Years' War, Six Day War, Spanish War, Spanish-American War, struggle, struggle, take arms, take up arms, Thirty Years' War, Trojan War, Vietnam War, War of 1812, war of nerves, War of the Austrian Succession, War of the Grand Alliance, War of the League of Augsburg, War of the Roses, War of the Spanish Succession, Wars of the Roses, world war, Yom Kippur War

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