What is war?

  • (noun): A concerted campaign to end something that is injurious.
    Example: "The war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
    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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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 ...
Asia - Modern Conflicts
... 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 ...
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 ... dictatorships became common after World War II, but since the 1980s, a wave of democratization came through the continent, and democratic rule is widespread now ...
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 ...
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":

  • (verb): Make or wage 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 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

Famous quotes containing the word war:

    Let the erring sisters depart in peace; the idea of getting up a civil war to compel the weaker States to remain in the Union appears to us horrible to the last degree.
    Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884)

    I have agreed to go into the service for the war ... [feeling] that this was a just and necessary war and that it demanded the whole power of the country; that I would prefer to go into it if I knew I was to die or be killed in the course of it, than to live through and after it without taking any part in it.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon—no alternative.
    Golda Meir (1898–1978)