war of words

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of war of words

: an argument in which people or groups criticize and disagree with each other publicly and repeatedly for usually a long time
  • Rival groups have engaged in a war of words over the new law.

Word by Word Definitions

war play
  1. : a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations

  2. : a period of such armed conflict

  3. : state of war

  1. : to be in active or vigorous conflict

  2. : to engage in warfare

  1. : worse

  1. : worst, overcome

word play words
  1. : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

  2. : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements

  3. : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

  1. : to express in words : phrase

  2. : speak


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