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Roget category 722

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.4. Antagonism
›› 5.4.2. Active antagonism

#722. Warfare


warfarefighting etc. v. — hostilitieswar, arms, the swordMars, Bellona, grim visaged war, horrida bella [Lat.]bloodshed.
appeal to arms, appeal to the swordordeal of battlewager of battleultima ratio regum [Lat.], arbitrament of the sword.
battle array, campaign, crusade, expedition, operationsmobilizationstate of siegebattlefield, theater of operations etc. (arena) 728 warpath.
art of war, tactics, strategy, castrametationgeneralshipsoldiershiplogisticsmilitary evolutions, ballistics, gunnerychivalry.
gunpowder, shot.
battle, tug of war etc. (contention) 720service, campaigning, active service, tented fieldkriegspiel [G.], Kriegsspiel [G.]fire cross, trumpet, clarion, bugle, pibroch, sloganwar-cry, war-whoopbattle cry, beat of drum, rappel, tom-tomcalumet of warword of commandpassword, watchwordpassage d-armes [Fr.].
war to the death, war to the knifeguerre a mort [Fr.], guerre a outrance [Fr.]open war, internecine war, civil war.


armraise troops, mobilize troopsraise up in armstake up the cudgels etc. 720take up arms, fly to arms, appeal to arms, fly to the sworddraw the sword, unsheathe the sworddig up the hatchet, dig up the tomahawkgo to war, wage war, let slip the dogs of war" [Julius Caesar]; cry havockindle the torch of war, light the torch of warraise one's banner, raise the fire crosshoist the black flagthrow away, fling away the scabbardenroll, enlisttake the fieldtake the law into one's own handsdo battle, give battle, join battle, engage in battle, go to battleflesh one's swordset to, fall to, engage, measure swords with, draw the trigger, cross swordscome to blows, come to close quartersfight combatcontend etc. 720battle with, break a lance with.
[pirates engage in battle] raise the jolly roger, run up the jolly roger.
servesee service, be on service, be on active servicecampaignwield the sword, shoulder a musket, smell powder, be under firespill blood, imbrue the hands in bloodon the warpath.
carry on war, carry on hostilitieskeep the fieldfight the good fightfight it out, fight like devils, fight one's way, fight hand to handsell one's life dearlypay the ferryman's fee.


contending, contentious etc. 720armed, armed to the teeth, armed cap-a-piesword in handin arms, under arms, up in armsat war withbristling with armsin battle array, in open arms, in the field embattledbattled.
unpacific, unpeacefulbelligerent, combative, armigerous, bellicose, martial, warlikemilitary, militantsoldier-like, soldierly.
chivalrousstrategical, internecine.


flagrante bello [Lat.], in the thick of the fray, in the cannon's mouthat the sword's point, at the point of the bayonet.


vae victis! [Lat.], to arms!, to your tents O Israel!,


the battle ragesa la guerre comme a la guerre [Fr.]bis peccare in bello non licet [Lat.]jus gladii [Lat.]my voice is still for war" [Addison]; 'tis well that war is so terrible, otherwise we 'tis well that war is so terrible, otherwise we might grow fond of it" [Robert E. Lee]; my sentence is for open war" [Milton]; pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war" [Othello]; the cannons have their bowels full of wrath" [King John]; the cannons aspit forth their iron indignation" [King John]; the fire-eyed maid of smoky war" [Henry IV]; silent leges inter arma [Lat.] [Cicero]; si vis pacem para bellum [Lat.].

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