war zone

noun

Definition of war zone

1 : a zone in which belligerents are waging war broadly : an area marked by extreme violence
2 : a designated area especially on the high seas within which rights of neutrals are not respected by a belligerent nation in time of war

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Fighting Stigma Through Film aimed to specifically address the social aspect of the cause, the discrimination that survivors of war zone rape face, Jolie explains. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Angelina Jolie Is Fighting the Social Stigma Faced by Survivors of Sexual Violence," 4 Dec. 2018 Feelings of desperation are being felt throughout Central America, where the lawlessness, endemic poverty and levels of gang violence akin to war zones that have driven so many families from their homes show little signs of abating. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Senators talk of 'refugee crisis,' but divided on reasons why Central American migrants come to US," 24 June 2018 Feelings of desperation and impotence are being felt throughout Central America, where the lawlessness, endemic poverty and levels of gang violence akin to war zones that have driven so many families from their homes show little signs of abating. Washington Post, "Violence keeps Central Americans coming to US despite Trump," 21 June 2018 The organized, calm, sterile environment can look like a war zone when a patient suddenly deteriorates. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 Military users have increasingly embraced counterdrone equipment because of the growing threat from such devices in war zones. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Britain Targets Drone Misuse After Airport Disruptions," 7 Jan. 2019 Health workers have called this the first Ebola outbreak to occur in what is essentially a war zone. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern," 13 Apr. 2019 PSDs are assigned to senior leaders and their staffs to protect them from insider attacks in friendly territory, enemy forces in war zones, and other threats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Selects New Submachine Gun," 2 Apr. 2019 There was a calm inner peace, halfway around the world in a war zone, a calm inner peace, god's therapy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of George P. Bush's Eulogy for His Grandfather, George H.W. Bush," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of war zone

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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