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war (n.)

late Old English wyrre, werre "large-scale military conflict," from Old North French werre "war" (Old French guerre "difficulty, dispute; hostility; fight, combat, war;" Modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra, from Proto-Germanic *werz-a- (source also of Old Saxon werran, Old High German werran, German verwirren "to confuse, perplex"), from PIE *wers- (1) "to confuse, mix up". Cognates suggest the original sense was "to bring into confusion."

Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian guerra also are from Germanic; Romanic peoples turned to Germanic for a "war" word possibly to avoid Latin bellum (see bellicose) because its form tended to merge with bello- "beautiful." There was no common Germanic word for "war" at the dawn of historical times. Old English had many poetic words for "war" (wig, guð, heaðo, hild, all common in personal names), but the usual one to translate Latin bellum was gewin "struggle, strife" (related to win (v.)).

First record of war-time is late 14c. Warpath (1775) originally is in reference to North American Indians, as are war-whoop (1761), war-paint (1826), and war-dance (1757). War crime first attested 1906 (in Oppenheim's "International Law"). War chest is attested from 1901; now usually figurative. War games translates German Kriegspiel (see kriegspiel).

war (v.)

"to make war on," mid-12c.; see war (n.). Related: Warred; warring.

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Definitions of war from WordNet
1
war (n.)
the waging of armed conflict against an enemy;
thousands of people were killed in the war
Synonyms: warfare
war (n.)
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
war (n.)
an active struggle between competing entities;
a war of wits
a price war
Synonyms: warfare
war (n.)
a concerted campaign to end something that is injurious;
the war against crime
the war on poverty
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war (v.)
make or wage war;
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