world war

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A calque of German Weltkrieg (from 1904), English since 1909.

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world war (plural world wars)

  1. A war involving the major nations of the world.
    • 1921, Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow, ix:
      Armageddon, that world war with which the Second Coming is to be so closely associated.

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