world war


Definition of world war

: a war engaged in by all or most of the principal nations of the world especially, capitalized both Ws : either of two such wars of the first half of the 20th century

Examples of world war in a Sentence

He fought in both World Wars. The nations were prepared for world war.
Recent Examples on the Web But he has repeatedly been told by leaders of NATO member states, including the U.S., that that will not happen, for fear of turning the conflict into a world war. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Later, in an interview with NBC News, Zelensky answered Biden's concern that more direct military aid will cause world war III. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 So smokey is a [00:07:00] Yorkshire terrier who served during world war II. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2022 Western leaders have repeatedly denied the request over concerns shooting down Russian planes could escalate the conflict into a world war. Forbes Staff Reports, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2022 Giving real teeth to the principle of sovereignty was perhaps the most important piece of the effort to prevent another calamitous world war driven by the imperial ambitions of expansionist countries. David Faris, The Week, 3 Mar. 2022 Oleksiy Honcharuk said Russia's actions could even spark another world war. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2022 Rapid-fire news reports about higher energy and food prices or talk of a potential world war or nuclear attack are unnerving. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Edwardian Britain is often portrayed as a period of early-20th-century civility before the cataclysm of world war. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of world war

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“World war.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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