hot war


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 But a cold war, or a hot war, with a major foreign debt holder would be problematic. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Taylor: How much national debt is too much?," 10 Feb. 2021 The Court of the 1960s clearly believed that the United States people could deal with Communist propaganda, even during the hot war of that time. Anupam Chander, Wired, "Trump’s TikTok Farce Ignores the Lessons of the Red Scare," 21 Sep. 2020 In the Middle East, as the clash between Turkey and Syria develops into a hot war, Syrian refugees have little to no medical support in the grim but very possible case that the virus spreads to them. Alex Gladstein, Wired, "Dictatorships Are Making the Coronavirus Outbreak Worse," 2 Mar. 2020 That effort starts in Ukraine, where a hot war has been underway in the east for five years, and a cyberwar underway in the capital, Kiev. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Trump’s Choice: National Security or Political Obsession," 14 Nov. 2019 The planet, Urras, is a lot like ours: beautiful, capitalistic, unequal, and filled with nations in continuous cold and hot wars. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 War of 1812 Canadians did not burn down the White House during the war — Canada wasn't an independent country yet — but there was a hot war in the Detroit-Windsor area. Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump trade war threatens strong Detroit-Windsor ties," 22 June 2018 When the occupant of the White House and the sycophants surrounding him are prepared to use anything, including real-world battles — trade wars and hot wars — to win a political battle at home, nothing and no one is safe. Robert Reich, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump gears up for an epic marketing battle," 28 Mar. 2018 The vote took place just three days after Trump issued a 55-page document on a National Security Strategy, which warns of a coming cold war with Russia and China—and possible hot wars with North Korea and Iran. Fred Kaplan, Slate Magazine, "Getting Kicked, Taking Names," 21 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hot war

1947, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Hot war.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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