chemical warfare

noun

Definition of chemical warfare 

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

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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 The only way to truly guarantee an end to chemical warfare attacks would be an invasion to overthrow Assad, something on the scale of the Iraq war, which neither president has wanted to contemplate. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Washington holds its breath, waiting for Trump to fire: What? Or whom?," 13 Apr. 2018 British and French strikes, along with the nine remaining TLAMs, were focused on what the allies claim was a chemical weapons storage facility and a chemical warfare operations bunker at Him Shinshar, west of the Syrian city of Homs. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "What the latest strike on Syria succeeded at (and what it didn’t)," 18 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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