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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

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

war′ of nerves′


n.
a campaign of propaganda, false rumors, or the like, in an attempt to confuse and demoralize the enemy without resorting to direct violence.
[1935–40]
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"
Translations
حَرْب أعْصاب
nervekrig
idegháború
taugastríî
vojna nervov
sinir harbi

war

(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.
References in periodicals archive ?
She said freedom movements were wars of nerves and these movements could take long time to succeed; however, she said that Kashmir would finally be liberated.