What is war?

  • (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
    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 31 - Events
1846 – After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unify as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1865 – American Civil War The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, abolishing slavery, submitting it to. 1865 – American Civil War Confederate General Robert E ...
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. 1862 – American Civil War Battle of Memphis – Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates ...
Asia - Modern Conflicts
... the outside world in the post-Second World War were The Korean War The Vietnam War The Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation The Iranian Revolution The Soviet War in Afghanistan The Iran–Ir ...
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 ...

More definitions of "war":

  • (noun): The waging of armed conflict against an enemy.
    Example: "Thousands of people were killed in the war"
    Synonyms: warfare
  • (noun): An active struggle between competing entities.
    Example: "A price war"; "a war of wits"
    Synonyms: warfare
  • (noun): A concerted campaign to end something that is injurious.
    Example: "The war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
  • (verb): Make or wage war.

Famous quotes containing the word war:

    In war personal revenge maintains its silence.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    The inconveniences and horrors of the pox are perfectly well known to every one; but still the disease flourishes and spreads. Several million people were killed in a recent war and half the world ruined; but we all busily go on in courses that make another event of the same sort inevitable. Experientia docet? Experientia doesn’t.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)

    We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.
    Ronald Reagan (b. 1911)