weapon of mass destruction

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weapon of mass destruction

n. pl. weapons of mass destruction
A weapon that can cause widespread destruction or kill large numbers of people, especially a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.weapon of mass destruction - a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)weapon of mass destruction - a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
bioarm, biological weapon, bioweapon - any weapon usable in biological warfare; "they feared use of the smallpox virus as a bioweapon"
chemical weapon - chemical substances that can be delivered using munitions and dispersal devices to cause death or severe harm to people and animals and plants
atomic weapon, nuclear weapon - a weapon of mass destruction whose explosive power derives from a nuclear reaction
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
high explosive - a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate
Translations
arme de destruction massive
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The Prime Minister made firm claims of certainty about the existence and development of Iraq's NBC weapons from early 2002.
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She argues that the potential for nonstate actors to acquire, develop, deploy, and use NBC weapons is growing.
Increasingly, those attempts include research and development of NBC weapons (nuclear, biological, and chemical) of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.
The most significant NBC weapons and missile capabilities will remain concentrated in Russia, China, North Korea and South Asia.
The Alliance's defense posture must have the capability to address appropriately and effectively the risks associated with the proliferation of NBC weapons and their means of delivery, which also pose a potential threat to the Allies' populations, territory, and forces.