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war    : [w'ɔr]
War \War\, a.
Ware; aware. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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War \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}.]
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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.
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Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed.
--F. W.
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Note: 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
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2. (Law) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by
physical force. In this sense, levying war against the
sovereign authority is treason.
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3. Instruments of war. [Poetic]
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His complement of stores, and total war. --Prior.
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4. Forces; army. [Poetic]
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On their embattled ranks the waves return,
And overwhelm their war. --Milton.
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5. The profession of arms; the art of war.
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Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from
his youth. --1 Sam. xvii.
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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.
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The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
but war was in his heart. --Ps. lv. 21.
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{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

{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.
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War \War\, v. t.
1. To make war upon; to fight. [R.]
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To war the Scot, and borders to defend. --Daniel.
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2. To carry on, as a contest; to wage. [R.]
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That thou . . . mightest war a good warfare. --Tim.
i. 18.
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War \War\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Warred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.
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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.
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Why should I war without the walls of Troy? --Shak.
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Our countrymen were warring on that day! --Byron.
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2. To contend; to strive violently; to fight. "Lusts which
war against the soul." --1 Pet. ii. 11.
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n 1: the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands
of people were killed in the war" [synonym: {war}, {warfare}]
2: a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by
official declaration during which the international rules of
war apply; "war was declared in November but actual fighting
did not begin until the following spring" [synonym: {war}, {state
of war}] [ant: {peace}]
3: an active struggle between competing entities; "a price war";
"a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare" [synonym: {war}, {warfare}]
4: a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; "the
war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
v 1: make or wage war [ant: {make peace}]

153 Moby Thesaurus words for "war":
American Revolution, Ares, Athena, Balkan Wars, Bellona, Boer War,
Civil War, Crimean War, Crusades, Enyo, Franco-Prussian War,
French Revolution, Gallic Wars, Greco-Persian Wars, Indian Wars,
Indochina War, Kilkenny cats, Korean War, Mars, Mexican War,
Minerva, Napoleonic Wars, Odin, Peloponnesian Wars, Persian Wars,
Punic Wars, Russian Revolution, Russo-Japanese War,
Sino-Japanese War, Six Day War, Southeast Asian War, Tiu, Tyr,
Vietnam War, Woden, World War I, Wotan, all-out war, altercation,
appeal to arms, argument, armed combat, armed conflict, arms,
art of war, attack, attempt, battle, belligerence, belligerency,
bickering, bloodshed, box, brawl, broil, campaign,
carry on hostilities, cat-and-dog life, challenge, chivalry, clash,
close, collide, combat, come to blows, conflict, contend,
contention, contentiousness, contest, contestation, controversy,
crusade, cut and thrust, debate, disputation, dispute, drive, duel,
endeavor, engage, engage in hostilities, enmity, essay,
exchange blows, expedition, fence, feud, fight, fight a duel,
fighting, generalship, give and take, give satisfaction, grapple,
grapple with, holy war, hostilities, hostility, hot war, jihad,
jostle, joust, knighthood, la guerre, litigation, logomachy,
make war, might of arms, military operations, mix it up,
open hostilities, open war, oppugn, paper war, polemic, quarrel,
quarreling, quarrelsomeness, rassle, resort to arms, riot,
run a tilt, scramble, scrapping, scuffle, shed blood, shooting war,
skirmish, spar, spill blood, squabbling, state of war, strife,
strive, struggle, take on, the sword, thrust and parry, tilt,
total war, tourney, tug, tussle, wage war, war of words, warfare,
warmaking, warring, wartime, words, wrangling, wrestle

Write-After-Read (WAW, RAW)

The Israelites had to take possession of the Promised Land by
conquest. They had to engage in a long and bloody war before the
Canaanitish tribes were finally subdued. Except in the case of
Jericho and Ai, the war did not become aggressive till after the
death of Joshua. Till then the attack was always first made by
the Canaanites. Now the measure of the iniquity of the
Canaanites was full, and Israel was employed by God to sweep
them away from off the face of the earth. In entering on this
new stage of the war, the tribe of Judah, according to divine
direction, took the lead.

In the days of Saul and David the people of Israel engaged in
many wars with the nations around, and after the division of the
kingdom into two they often warred with each other. They had to
defend themselves also against the inroads of the Egyptians, the
Assyrians, and the Babylonians. The whole history of Israel from
first to last presents but few periods of peace.

The Christian life is represented as a warfare, and the
Christian graces are also represented under the figure of pieces
of armour (Eph. 6:11-17; 1 Thess. 5:8; 2 Tim. 2:3, 4). The final
blessedness of believers is attained as the fruit of victory
(Rev. 3:21).

WAR. A contention by force; or the art of paralysing the forces of an enemy.
2. It is either public or private. It is not intended here to speak of
the latter.
3. Public war is either civil or national. Civil war is that which is
waged between two parties, citizens or members of the same state or nation.
National war is a contest between two or more independent nations) carried
on by authority of their respective governments.
4. War is not only an act, but a state or condition, for nations are
said to be at war not only when their armies are engaged, so as to be in the
very act of contention, but also when, they have any matter of controversy
or dispute subsisting between them which they are determined to decide by
the use of force, and have declared publicly, or by their acts, their
determination so to decide it.
5. National wars are said to be offensive or defensive. War is
offensive on the part of that government which commits the first act of
violence; it is defensive on the part of that government which receives such
act; but it is very difficult to say what is the first act of violence. If a
nation sees itself menaced with an attack, its first act of violence to
prevent such attack, will be considered as defensive.
6. To legalize a war it must be declared by that branch of the
government entrusted by the constitution with this power. Bro. tit.,
Denizen, pl. 20. And it seems it need not be declared by both the
belligerent powers. Rob. Rep. 232. By the constitution of the United States,
art. 1, s. 7, congress are invested with power "to declare war, grant
letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land
and water; and they have also the power to raise and support armies, and to
provide and maintain a navy." See 8 Cranch, R. 110, 154; 1 Mason, R. 79, 81;
4 Binn. R 487. Vide, generally, Grot. B, 1, c. 1, s. 1 Rutherf. Inst. B. 1,
c. 19; Bynkershoeck, Quest. Jur. Pub. lib. 1, c. 1; Lee on Capt. c. 1; Chit.
Law of Nat. 28; Marten's Law of Nat. B. 8, c. 2; Phil. Ev. Index, h., t.
Dane's Ab. Index, h. i.; Com. Dig. h.t. Bac. Ab. Prerogative, D 4; Merl.
Repert. mot Guerre; 1 Inst. 249; Vattel, liv. 3, c. 1, Sec. 1; Mann. Com. B.
3, c. 1.

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