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 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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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 ...
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 the states for. 1865 – American Civil War Confederate General Robert E ...
South America - History - Recent History
... 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 ...
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. 1862 – American Civil War Battle of Memphis – Union forces capture Memphis, Tennessee, from the Confederates ...
Asia - Modern Conflicts
... related to the relationship with 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 ...

More definitions of "war":

  • (noun): An active struggle between competing entities.
    Example: "A price war"; "a war of wits"
    Synonyms: warfare
  • (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
  • (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:

    The connection between dress and war is not far to seek; your finest clothes are those you wear as soldiers.
    Virginia Woolf (1882–1941)

    In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.
    Croesus (d. c. 560 B.C.)

    Haven’t you heard, though,
    About the ships where war has found them out
    At sea, about the towns where war has come
    Through opening clouds at night with droning speed
    Further o’erhead than all but stars and angels
    And children in the ships and in the towns?
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)