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warring (See war)


1 the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war" [syn: 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" [syn: state of war] [ant: peace]
3 an active struggle between competing entities; "a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare" [syn: warfare]
4 a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; "the war on poverty"; "the war against crime" v : make or wage war [ant: make peace] [also: warring, warred]warring adj : engaged in war; "belligerent (or warring) nations"; "a fighting war" [syn: belligerent, fighting, militant, war-ridden]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. engaged in war; belligerent


engaged in war; belligerent




See also


  • Barry J. Blake. 1991 Woiwurrung In: The Aboriginal Language of Melbourne and Other Sketches, ed. R. M. W. Dixon and Barry J. Blake, pp. 31-124, OUP, Handbook of Australian Languages 4.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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