hot war


Definition of hot war

: a conflict involving actual fighting — compare cold war

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conflagration, conflict, hostilities, 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

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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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The first known use of hot war was in 1947

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