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Definition of War


  1. Ware; aware.
  2. 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.
  3. A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
  4. Instruments of war.
  5. Forces; army.
  6. The profession of arms; the art of war.
  7. a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
  8. 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.
  9. To contend; to strive violently; to fight.
  10. To make war upon; to fight.
  11. To carry on, as a contest; to wage.

War Quotations

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
Winston Churchill

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
Sun Tzu

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
George Washington

Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
George S. Patton

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Sun Tzu
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War Translations

war in Afrikaans is oorlog
war in Danish is krig
war in Dutch is oorlog, krijg
war in Finnish is sota
war in French is guerre
war in German is Krieg
war in Italian is guerra, guerre
war in Latin is bellum
war in Norwegian is krig
war in Portuguese is guerra
war in Spanish is guerra
war in Swedish is krig
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