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state of war

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a period of armed conflict between states, regardless of whether or not war has been officially declared
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a legal condition begun by a declaration of war and ended formally, during which the rules of international law applicable to warfare may be invoked

state′ of war′


n.
a condition or period of armed conflict between states, with or without a formal declaration of war.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.state of war - a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war applystate of war - a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply; "war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
antagonism, enmity, hostility - a state of deep-seated ill-will
proxy war - a war instigated by a major power that does not itself participate
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Yesterday I learned that, despite the loyalty which I have kept my engagements with Your Majesty, your troops have crossed the Russian frontier, and I have this moment received from Petersburg a note, in which Count Lauriston informs me, as a reason for this aggression, that Your Majesty has considered yourself to be in a state of war with me from the time Prince Kuragin asked for his passports.
You will gratify us by describing the manner of their making War, of the mode of subsisting themselves during a state of war, and a state of peace, their Arms, and the effect of them, whether they act on foot or on horse back, detailing the discipline, and manuvers of the war parties, the power of their horses, size and general discription; in short any information which you may conceive would be useful to the Government.
When Morocco is in a state of war, Arab couriers carry letters through the country and charge a liberal postage.
Reasoning thus, I discovered that it was improbable that a state of war still existed, and that the people all had been drawn from this portion of England to some other, where they might better defend themselves against an invader.
Lady Jane, ignorant of the fact that a state of war existed between Great Britain and Germany, welcomed the officers most hospitably and gave orders through her trusted Waziri to prepare a feast for the black soldiers of the enemy.
If we cannot at once rise to the sanctities of obedience and faith, let us at least resist our temptations; let us enter into the state of war and wake Thor and Woden, courage and constancy, in our Saxon breasts.
The next day there was added to his growing disillusionment a third ugly impression, trivial indeed to describe, a mere necessary everyday incident of a state of war, but very distressing to his urbanised imagination.
We found a state of war when we came, and went into it of course.
who, as to me, were innocent, and whose barbarous customs were their own disaster, being in them a token, indeed, of God's having left them, with the other nations of that part of the world, to such stupidity, and to such inhuman courses, but did not call me to take upon me to be a judge of their actions, much less an executioner of His justice - that whenever He thought fit He would take the cause into His own hands, and by national vengeance punish them as a people for national crimes, but that, in the meantime, it was none of my business - that it was true Friday might justify it, because he was a declared enemy and in a state of war with those very particular people, and it was lawful for him to attack them - but I could not say the same with regard to myself.
Unlike David Bell's study on the emergence of total war, this book features an analysis on the changing state of war measured in new tools and texts to anticipate, engage, and represent the new era of violence Europeans faced.
Balochistan is in conflict zone and the government and the people of the province are in a state of war.
The US often sends warplanes to South Korea, mostly for patrols, when tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula, which is technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

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