What is war?

  • (noun): The waging of armed conflict against an enemy.
    Example: "Thousands of people were killed in the war"
    Synonyms: warfare
    See also — Additional definitions below

War

War is an organized, armed, and, often, a prolonged conflict that is carried on between states, nations, or other parties typified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and usually high mortality. 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. The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare. An absence of war (and other violence) is usually called peace.

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South America - History - Recent History
... The continent became a battlefield of the Cold War in the late 20th century ... Cold War doctrine of "National Security" against internal subversion ... Argentina and Britain fought the Falklands War in 1982 ...
January 15 - Events
1777 – American Revolutionary War New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence. 1815 – War of 1812 American frigate USS President, commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur, is captured by a squadron of four British frigates. 1822 – Greek War of Independence Demetrios Ypsilantis is elected president of the legislative assembly ...
Asia - Modern Conflicts
... relationship with the outside world in the post-Second World War were The Korean War The Vietnam War The Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation The Iranian ...
June 6 - Events
... 1513 – Italian Wars Battle of Novara. 1813 – War of 1812 Battle of Stoney Creek – A British force of 700 under John Vincent defeats an American force two times its size under William Winder and John Chandler. 1862 – American Civil War Battle of Memphis – Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates ...

More definitions of "war":

  • (noun): An active struggle between competing entities.
    Example: "A price war"; "a war of wits"
    Synonyms: warfare
  • (verb): Make or wage war.
  • (noun): A concerted campaign to end something that is injurious.
    Example: "The war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
  • (noun): A legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply.
    Example: "War was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
    Synonyms: state of war

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