World War III

noun

1
: a hypothetical future world war
Among the citizens of these two countries, the suspicion exists that in the event of World War III their lands will pass unnoticed and unscathed …Gordon Ackerman
For years legislators have gone through the motions, knowing that nothing would change. This year they can't be so sure. "Until we have a vote, I'm not moving off this for the budget or World War III," John McCain told me.Jonathan Alter
2
: a major fight or disagreement : a situation in which people are very angry with one another
You instigate World War III when he tells you he wants to go to Hooters with his old frat buddies.Julie Taylor

Examples of World War III in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not so fast, though, as a stray rocket exploded in Poland killing two people and creating a general feeling that World War III was starting. George Nelson, ARTnews.com, 15 July 2024 The topics during the debate ranged from Ukraine to inflation, child care, Israel and Gaza, age, climate change, World War III and Jan. 6, 2021. Dave Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 1 July 2024 Ashraf Amra / Anadolu via Getty Images Both candidates said an election victory by the other would lead to World War III. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 28 June 2024 At worst, this orientation can enable conflict that will spiral into World War III. Alan Green / Made By History, TIME, 25 June 2024 As was the case in the Cold War, the most important foreign policy achievement will simply be avoiding World War III. Ben Rhodes, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 Journalists at the event were given a tour of the virtual set of Pina’s new series, The Fallout Shelter – co-created with Esther Martínez Lobato – following a group of billionaires who seek refuge in a luxury bunker as World War III breaks out around them. Max Goldbart, Deadline, 19 June 2024 Trump has questioned why the United States should risk sparking World War III for the sake of defending small states in Europe or Asia. Hal Brands, Foreign Affairs, 27 May 2024 There is enough rival gear from UT and A&M to spark World War III. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of World War III was in 1940

Cite this Entry

“World War III.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/World%20War%20III. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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