- warre ( obsolete )
- ( uncountable ) Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
- 1917, Henry Ford, My Life and Work, Chapter 17:
- 2007, Carlos Ramirez-Faria, Concise Encyclopaedia of World History:
- ( countable ) A particular conflict of this kind.
- 1865, Herman Melville, "The Surrender at Appomattox":
- 1999, Bill Clinton at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, November 8 1999:
- ( countable ) By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
- ( figuratively ) A campaign against something .
- ( business, countable ) A bout of fierce competition in trade .
- ( uncountable ) A particular card game for two players, notable for having its outcome predetermined by how the cards are dealt .
- all's fair in love and war
- civil war
- cold war
- conventional war
- declaration of war
- dynastic war
- edit war
- flame war
- gas war
- go to war
- holy war
- hot war
- laws of war
- man of war, man-of-war, man-o-war, man-o'-war
- man-o'-war suit
- nuclear war
- perpetual war
- pissing war
- Portuguese man-of-war
- price war
- prisoner of war, P.O.W., POW, P.W., PW
- proxy war
- revert war
- ship of war
- spoils of war
- state of war
- theater of war, theatre of war
- thumb war
- total war
- trade war
- tug of war
- turf war
- undeclared war
- war between the sexes
- war bond
- war bonnet
- war bride
- War Cabinet
- war chalk
- war chest
- war child
- war crime
- war criminal
- war cry
- war dance
- war game, wargame
- war groom
- war hammer
- war hound
- war machine
- war of conquest
- war of nerves
- war of words
- war paint, warpaint
- war party
- war reparations
- war room
- war story
- war to end all wars
- war torn, war-torn
- war veteran
- war whoop
- war widow
- war zone
- world war
- World War One
- World War Two
- ( intransitive ) To engage in conflict ( may be followed by "with" to specify the foe ).
- circa 1599, William Shakespeare, King Henry V, act 3, sc. 1:
- 1882, George Bernard Shaw, Cashel Byron's Profession, ch. 14:
- To carry on, as a contest; to wage .
- Rwa, RWA
- 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.
☞ 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.
From Middle English werre, from Late Old English werre, wyrre "armed conflict" from Old Northern French werre ( compare Old French guerre, gwerre ), from Frankish *werra ( “riot, disturbance, quarrel” ) from Proto-Germanic *werrō ( “mixture, mix-up, confusion” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wers- ( “to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh” ). Akin to Old High German werra ( “confusion, strife, quarrel” ) ( German verwirren ( “to confuse” ) ), Old Saxon werran ( “to confuse, perplex” ), Dutch war ( “confusion, disarray” ), Old English wyrsa, wiersa ( “worse” ), Old Norse verri ( “worse” ) ( originally "confounded, mixed up" ). Compare Latin versus ( “against, turned” ), past participle of vertere ( “turn, change, overthrow, destroy” ). More at worse, wurst .
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