war zone


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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Syria remains a war zone with no peaceful resolution in sight. Kimberly Dozier, Time, "President Trump Boasts About What He's Done for the World. But These 6 Hotspots Are Still Simmering," 4 July 2019 The comics were quick to seize on key aspects of the film, particularly in terms of Gotham City as a hellishly imposing urban war zone. Scott Huver, CNN, "How the 1989 'Batman' movie forever changed the comic book character," 22 June 2019 Growing coffee beans and restoring forest in an on-again, off-again war zone is still daunting. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 At the center of this war zone stands a man alone, tripling down on his mythology as a rapper-producer who doesn't need anybody's help. Chris Richards, chicagotribune.com, "J. Cole is the most divisive rapper in the world. Which side are you on?," 24 Apr. 2018 The prosecution rebutted the defense’s appeal by painting Elhassani as an unrepentant liar who had navigated a war zone, helped her husband buy three Yazidi slaves, and was creating a tale of woe after the fact. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019 In Cambridge, a few insurrectionary Marthas are aiding the Americans in Chicago by transporting information and moving allies even deeper into the war zone. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 6 June 2019 The supposed truth bomb made the beauty community a war zone, in which lines were instantly drawn, and sides taken. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Celebrity Feuds on Social Media: Delicious or Dangerous?," 16 May 2019 Saving lives in developing countries often means getting medicines to remote villages and war zones. Bill Gates, WSJ, "Bill Gates: The Best Investment I’ve Ever Made," 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of war zone

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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