NounWar (countable and uncountable; plural Wars)
- (uncountable) Organized, large-scale, armed conflict between countries or between national, ethnic, or other sizeable groups, usually involving the engagement of military forces.
- (countable) A particular conflict of this kind.
- (countable) By extension, any conflict, or anything resembling a conflict.
- (rhetorical) A campaign against something.
- (business, countable) A bout of fierce competition in trade.
- (uncountable) A particular card game for two players.
Adjectives for War
grim; impending; universal; increasing; horrible; aboriginal; glorified; inevitable; imminent; classical; barbarous; undeclared; virtuous; fratricidal; open; manful; cormorant; victorious; fearful; intrepid; successive (plural); deadly; successful; tribal; unearthly; meritorious; righteous; unholy; interminable; raging; ensuing; disastrous; banded; brutal; pelting; unvanquished; unjust; incessant; rebellious; devastating; nonsparing; silvan; plangent; elemental; imperialist; contemplated; ghastly; mercenary; renewed; silent; sanguinary; strenuous; social; servile; innocent; irrepressible; intellectual; contumelious; beastly; mad-brained; realistic; fierce; courageous; petty; theologic; religious; witching; tremendous; passive; suicidal; glorious; brooding; vigorous; impious; exhausting; guerrilla; diabolical; ruthless; expensive; aggressive; ferocious; defensive; internecine; offensive; desolating; mimic; mustering; bitter;
Verbs for War
abstain from—; aggravate—; anticipate—; avert—; banish—; cease—; control—; dedicate to—; determine—; dramatize—; dread —; drift into—; embrace—; entangle in—; enter—; envisage—; fend off—; flame into—; foment—; gird for—; halt—; launch—; localize—; muster for—; outlaw—; plunge into—; prolong—; promote—; provoke—; resort to—; romanticize—; stage—; stave off—; stem—; survive—; taboo; throttle.
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, 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,
- warre (obsolete)
From Middle English werre, from Late Old English werre, wyrre "armed conflict" from Old Northern French werre (compare Old French guerre, gwerre), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *werra "confusion, strife" from Proto-Germanic *werzō, *werza- (“mixture, mix-up, confusion”) from Proto-Indo-European *wers- (“to mix up, confuse, beat, thresh”). Akin to Old High German werra "confusion, strife, quarrel" (German verwirren "to confuse"), Old Saxon werran "to confuse, perplex" (Dutch war "confusion, disarray"), Old English wyrsa, wiersa "worse", Old Norse verri "worse" (originally "confounded, mixed up"). Compare Latin versus (“against, turned”), past participle of vertere (“turn, change, overthrow, destroy”). More at worse, wurst.
War c. (plural warren)
- tangle, mess
- confusion, disarray
- a kind of contraption for luring and catching fish (e.g. by tangling them up in nets)
- First-person singular preterite of sein.
- Third-person singular preterite of sein.
Old High German