world war

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world war (plural world wars)

  1. A war involving the major nations of the world.
    • 1894, George Griffith, The Angel of the Revolution, page 69:
      Their lips met in one long silent kiss, and a moment later he had gone to strike the first blow in the coming world-war, and to bring the beginning of sorrows on the Tyrant of the North.
    • 1921, Aldous Huxley, chapter 9, in Crome Yellow[1], London: Chatto & Windus:
      [] Armageddon, that world war with which the Second Coming is to be so closely associated.

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