chemical warfare

noun

Definition of chemical warfare 

: tactical warfare using incendiary mixtures, smokes, or irritant, burning, poisonous, or asphyxiating gases

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Tear gas is characterized as a chemical warfare agent, according to the Geneva Convention; these are gases that specifically activate pain-sensing nerves, according to National Geographic. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Border Patrol Agents Used Tear Gas to Disperse Hundreds of People in the Migrant Caravan," 26 Nov. 2018 Last year, the regime advertised its ability to export chemical warfare and flout international norms when the regime was accused of using the nerve agent VX to assassinate Kim’s estranged half brother in Kuala Lumpur. Theo Emery, Time, "The North Korea Summit Is Trump's Chance to Pressure Syria About Its Weapons, Too," 4 June 2018 Two women were seen on security cameras walking up to him and rubbing a substance on his face — a chemical warfare agent known as VX, the United States later determined. BostonGlobe.com, "Atrocities under Kim Jong Un: Indoctrination, prison gulags, executions," 13 June 2018 His biggest coup was providing the Brits with the design of a chemical warfare dispersal device manufactured from parts that could be found in a tool shed and was capable of spreading deadly cyanogen chloride or other agents. NBC News, "He spied on al Qaeda from the inside, until he had to run for his life," 17 June 2018 Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. USA TODAY, "'Precision strikes': Trump's speech on why the U.S. attacked Syria," 13 Apr. 2018 Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. Fox News, "Gorka on Syria strike: US is duty-bound to respond to Assad," 13 Apr. 2018 Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Full transcript of Trump’s address on Syria airstrikes," 13 Apr. 2018 Following the horrors of World War I a century ago, civilized nations joined together to ban chemical warfare. Fox News, "Gorka on Syria strike: US is duty-bound to respond to Assad," 13 Apr. 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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chemical warfare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chemical warfare

: the use of chemical substances (such as poisonous gases) as weapons in a war

chemical warfare

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Medical Definition of chemical warfare 

: tactical warfare using incendiary mixtures, smokes, or irritant, burning, poisonous, or asphyxiating gases

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