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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So this Ebola vaccine rollout in a war zone is something to celebrate. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 Children, thousands of them, housed en masse behind chain link fences in warehouse-like facilities with mylar for blankets and no parents in sight. Stunningly, these are not images from a faraway war zone. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: With children behind fences, it's time for some national soul-searching," 21 June 2018 Mitchell notes that one of her sons survived a war zone and the other was killed in a free country. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "‘How do I change this tragedy to be a celebration of life?’ Gun violence victims seek solace, a voice.," 2 May 2018 Here's a reminder of why many immigrants are coming to the U.S. in the first place: El Salvador El Salvador is the most violent country in the world that's not an active war zone. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Why do some families risk crossing the U.S. border? Because if they don’t, they’ll be killed.," 20 June 2018 Each is a pothole war zone that has recently wreaked havoc on my car. Michael Smerconish, Philly.com, "Pothole-fighting street artist Wanksy is the hero Philly needs right now | Michael Smerconish," 10 May 2018 And the issue of detainees is particularly thorny, given the security risks of holding seasoned jihadists and the women and children who lived with them in a war zone. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Wives and Children of ISIS: Warehoused in Syria, Unwanted Back Home," 4 July 2018 Community war zones Research in the last 10 years shows that civilian trauma is most prevalent in homes with chronic economic uncertainty or communities with shrinking economies. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With PTSD reaching well beyond combat vets, trauma experts see need for 'healing spaces'," 18 May 2018 The country’s slums became as dangerous as any war zone. Hannah Dreier, Daily Intelligencer, "The Betrayal of Triste," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of war zone

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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