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world war

noun
1.
a war that involves most of the principal nations of the world.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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Examples for world war
  • The same generation that ended a world war accepted this challenge.
  • The trick now is how to replicate these successful programs in the absence of a world war.
Word Origin and History for world war
world war
first attested 1909 as a speculation, probably a translation of Ger. Weltkrieg. Applied to the first one soon after it began in 1914. World War I coined 1939, replacing Great War as the most common name for it; First World War first attested 1947. World War II so-called since 1939; Second World War is from 1942.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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