hot war

noun

Definition of hot war

: a conflict involving actual fighting — compare cold war

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Examples of hot war in a Sentence

fortunately, the cool relationship between the two nations never escalated into a hot war
Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday, Biden suggested the U.S. might soon be in a hot war with nuclear-armed Russia. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 8 Apr. 2022 Reagan fought and won a cold war because even a successful hot war might have resulted in the annihilation of a significant portion of our population. James Freeman, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 And now it’s about urging the administration to prevent us from stumbling into a hot war. Kk Ottesen, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Is Facebook ready or even willing to help during a hot war? Andy Kessler, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2022 Unlike in 1962, a hot war is already raging over territory that one side considers important to its national interest, and the other knows is necessary to its national survival. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 14 Mar. 2022 While a hot war raged in Southeast Asia, the Cold War percolated nearly everywhere else in the world, as the United States and its allies sought to counter the Soviet Union. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Russia is already in Crimea and the Donbas and there is a -- there is a hot war in Donbas where 14,000 Ukrainians have been killed. ABC News, 20 Feb. 2022 Still grieving the shocking murder of John F. Kennedy, LBJ's America yearned for national leadership in an era defined by a powerful and growing nonviolent civil rights revolution at home and fears of a Cold War becoming a hot war abroad. Timothy Naftali, CNN, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hot war

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot war was in 1947

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Last Updated

16 Apr 2022

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“Hot war.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot%20war. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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