war of nerves

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war of nerves

n. pl. wars of nerves
A conflict characterized by intimidation, threats, or other psychological tactics intended to confuse, exhaust, and demoralize an adversary.

war of nerves

(Psychology) the use of psychological tactics against an opponent, such as shattering his morale by the use of propaganda

war′ of nerves′

a campaign of propaganda, false rumors, or the like, in an attempt to confuse and demoralize the enemy without resorting to direct violence.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.war of nerves - the use of psychological tactics to destroy the opponents' morale
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
حَرْب أعْصاب
vojna nervov
sinir harbi


(woː) noun
(an) armed struggle, especially between nations. Their leader has declared war on Britain; The larger army will win the war; the horrors of war; (also adjective) He is guilty of war crimes.
verbpast tense, past participle warred
to fight. The two countries have been warring constantly for generations.
ˈwarlike adjective
(negative unwarlike) fond of, or likely to begin, war. a warlike nation.
ˈwarrior (ˈwo-) noun
a soldier or skilled fighting man, especially in primitive societies. The chief of the tribe called his warriors together; (also adjective) a warrior prince.
war correspondent
a newspaper reporter who writes articles on a war especially from the scene of fighting.
ˈwar-cryplural ˈwar-cries noun
a shout used in battle as an encouragement to the soldiers. `For king and country' was the war-cry of the troops as they faced the enemy.
ˈwar-dance noun
a dance performed by the people of some primitive societies before going to war.
ˈwarfare noun
fighting, as in a war. He refused to fight, because he has religious objections to warfare.
ˈwarhead noun
the explosive section of a missile, torpedo etc. nuclear warheads.
ˈwarhorse noun
a horse used in battle.
ˈwarlord noun
a very powerful military leader.
ˈwarmonger noun
a person who encourages war(s), often for personal reasons.
ˈwarpaint noun
paint applied to the face etc by the people of some primitive societies before going into battle.
ˈwarship noun
a ship used in war or defence.
ˈwartime noun
the time during which a country, a people etc is at war. There is a great deal of hardship and misery in wartime; (also adjective) a wartime economy.
war of nerves
a war, contest etc in which each side tries to win by making the other nervous, eg by bluff, rather than by actually fighting. That game of chess was a war of nerves.
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Conflicting statements and denials flew between Athens and Brussels on Tuesday in a war of nerves highlighting the depth of mutual mistrust over a new round of negotiations on an 86 billion euro bailout that started this week.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia is running a fake copy of Yemen's official news agency in an attempt to maintain an intense war of nerves with the Arab country.
It was a war of nerves," Mufti said about reconciliation between two ideologically opposite parties, but added that a common ground had been found as both the parties were flexible during negotiations.
As a war of nerves between US shale producers and Gulf powerhouses intensifies, Opec's biggest members are counting down the months until their upstart rivals lose the one thing shielding them from crashing oil prices -- hedges.
It seems Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lost the war of nerves with the protestors, and has sought help from Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, for resolving the issues between government and protestors.
It has been a war of nerves over the past few weeks but I hope it is very soon settled now," said Ziege.
We must prepare for a long war and more sacrifices," he said, during a news conference, Thursday in Kasbah, asserting that the war Tunisia is leading against terrorism is a war of nerves requiring from all a strong moral, a war that the state is determined to win.
GALATASARAY WITHDRAWS: A do-or-die Game 7 of the domestic basketball playoffs between Galatasaray Liv Hospital and Fenerbahce E[pounds sterling]lker may not take place at all after the Galatasaray chairman said his team won't appear in the match in the latest episode of a war of nerves in the final series.
So far, this is mainly a war of nerves, but it could easily turn nasty.
Quite who will crack first in this war of nerves remains to be seen.
Since then, a war of nerves between the South and the North has continued, from the total withdrawal of South Korean workers from the complex, to the botched inter-Korean ministerial meeting and the breakdown of working-level talks after six rounds.
Meanwhile, Dimitrova also said that currently, this was a trench warfare, a war of nerves.

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