weapon of mass destruction

noun phrase

: a weapon that can destroy entire buildings, cities, etc.

Examples of weapon of mass destruction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other political figures, like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and former Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), have suggested classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction. Lev Facher, STAT, 5 Sep. 2023 Last year a group of Republican attorneys general asked the president to declare fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction. Fatima Hussein, Fortune, 4 Oct. 2023 McVeigh committed federal crimes, such as use of a weapon of mass destruction on federal property and the murder of federal law enforcement officers. Stefanie Lindquist, The Conversation, 15 Aug. 2023 Supreme Court sides with Twitter, Google in high-stakes cases on social media, terrorism The teen allegedly had acquired chemicals and had taken steps to build a weapon of mass destruction. Jack Date, ABC News, 14 Aug. 2023 Republicans have described the Mexican criminal drug-trafficking networks as a national security threat, with some calling fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction. Emiliano Rodríguez Mega, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 There have always been two facts in tension: on the one hand, Oppenheimer helped create a weapon of mass destruction that was used to kill hundreds of thousands of people. Megan McCluskey, Time, 25 July 2023 Feminism is not, in fact, a deadlier ideology than that which motivated the creation of a weapon of mass destruction, the use of which has reshaped the course of human history and resulted in an endless campaign of proxy wars and mutually assured destruction between military superpowers. Nikki McCann Ramirez, Rolling Stone, 24 July 2023 Before creating a weapon of mass destruction, and before leading the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer’s focus was on a woman named Jean Tatlock. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 21 July 2023 See More

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“Weapon of mass destruction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weapon%20of%20mass%20destruction. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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