Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious
    the war against crime
  2. (noun, act) the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  3. (noun, act) an active struggle between competing entities
    a war of wits
    diplomatic warfare
  4. (noun, state) a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply
  5. (verb, competition) make or wage war

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Synonyms of War

state of war, warfare

Antonyms of War

make peace, peace

Origin of the word War

  1. late O.E. (c.1050), wyrre, werre, from O.N.Fr. werre "war" (Fr. guerre), from Frank. *werra, from P.Gmc. *werso (cf. O.S. werran, O.H.G. werran, Ger. verwirren "to confuse, perplex"). Cognates suggest the original sense was "to bring into confusion." There was no common Gmc. word for "war" at the dawn of historical times. … more

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Words that sound like War

ware, warrior, wary, wear, wear away, wearer, weary, weir, wherry, whir, whirr, whore, wire, wirehair, wirer, wiry, wooer, worrier, worry, wry

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