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War

a.1.Ware; aware.
n.1.
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.
Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed.
- F. W. Robertson.
2.(Law) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by physical force. In this sense, levying war against the sovereign authority is treason.
3.Instruments of war.
His complement of stores, and total war.
- Prior.
4.Forces; army.
On their embattled ranks the waves return,
And overwhelm their war.
- Milton.
5.The profession of arms; the art of war.
Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth.
- 1 Sam. xvii. 33.
6.a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart.
- Ps. lv. 21.
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 cry.
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.
War field
a field of war or battle.
- Schoolcraft.
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.
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.
- Longfellow.
War whoop
a war cry, especially that uttered by the American Indians.
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Warred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Warring.]
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.
Why should I war without the walls of Troy?
- Shak.
Our countrymen were warring on that day!
- Byron.
2.To contend; to strive violently; to fight.
v. t.1.To make war upon; to fight.
To war the Scot, and borders to defend.
- Daniel.
2.To carry on, as a contest; to wage.
That thou . . . mightest war a good warfare.
- Tim. i. 18.
Noun1.war - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
Synonyms: warfare
2.war - 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"
Synonyms: state of war
Antonyms:
peace - the state prevailing during the absence of war
3.war - an active struggle between competing entities; "a price war"; "a war of wits"; "diplomatic warfare"
Synonyms: warfare
4.war - a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious; "the war on poverty"; "the war against crime"
Verb1.war - make or wage war
Antonyms:
make peace - end hostilities; "The brothers who had been fighting over their inheritance finally made peace"

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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