theater of war

noun phrase

: the entire land, sea, and air area that is or may become involved directly in war operations compare theater of operations

Examples of theater of war in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Covert strikes by Ukraine in Sudan would mark a dramatic and provocative expansion of Kyiv’s theater of war against Moscow. Victoria Butenko, CNN, 19 Sep. 2023 Doctors brought X-ray machines to a theater of war for the first time in Greece. Richard Byrne, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2023 In Season 2, the action shifts to the North African theater of war and one of the protagonists is Lieutenant Rajib Pal of the British Indian Army, played by Mir. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 31 July 2023 The email was from Patrick Lucas, an American living in Beijing who shared stories of veterans who fought in the China-Burma-India theater of war on his Remembering Shared Honor website, John Kelly, Washington Post, 28 May 2023 To judge by the results achieved in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other recent theaters of war, this imperative will only continue to wreak havoc in the name of freedom, democracy, and humane values. Andrew J. Bacevich, Foreign Affairs, 18 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of theater of war was in 1703

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“Theater of war.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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