1. Conditional antagonism
appeal to arms, appeal to the sword; ordeal of battle; wager of battle; ultima ratio regum, arbitrament of the sword.
battle array, campaign, crusade, expedition; mobilization; state of siege; battlefield (arena) [more]; warpath.
art of war, tactics, strategy, castrametation; generalship; soldiership; military evolutions, ballistics, gunnery; chivalry.
battle, tug of war (contention) [more]; service, campaigning, active service, tented field; kriegspiel, Kriegsspiel; fire cross, trumpet, clarion, bugle, pibroch, slogan; war-cry, war-whoop; battle cry, beat of drum, rappel, tom-tom; calumet of war; word of command; password, watchword; passage d�armes.
war to the death, war to the knife; guerre a mort, guerre a outrance; open war, internecine war, civil war.
[Verbs] arm; raise troops, mobilize troops; raise up in arms; take up the cudgels [more]; take up arms, fly to arms, appeal to arms, fly to the sword; draw the sword, unsheathe the sword; dig up the hatchet, dig up the tomahawk; go to war, wage war, �let slip the dogs of war� [Julius Caesar]; cry havoc; kindle the torch of war, light the torch of war; raise one's banner, raise the fire cross; hoist the black flag; throw away, fling away the scabbard; enroll, enlist; take the field; take the law into one's own hands; do battle, give battle, join battle, engage in battle, go to battle; flesh one's sword; set to, fall to, engage, measure swords with, draw the trigger, cross swords; come to blows, come to close quarters; fight; combat; contend [more]; battle with, break a lance with.
serve; see service, be on service, be on active service; campaign; wield the sword, shoulder a musket, smell powder, be under fire; spill blood, imbrue the hands in blood; on the warpath.
carry on war, carry on hostilities; keep the field; fight the good fight; fight it out, fight like devils, fight one's way, fight hand to hand; sell one's life dearly.
[Adjectives] contending, contentious [more]; armed, armed to the teeth, armed cap-a-pie; sword in hand; in arms, under arms, up in arms; at war with; bristling with arms; in battle array, in open arms, in the field; embattled; battled.
unpacific, unpeaceful; belligerant, combative, armigerous, bellicose, martial, warlike; military, militant; soldierlike, soldierly.
chivalrous; strategical, internecine.
[Phrases] the battle rages; a la guerre comme a la guerre; bis peccare in bello non licet; jus gladii; "my voice is still for war" [Addison]; "'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 war" [Othello]; "the cannons have their bowels full of wrath" [King John]; "the cannons . . .spit forth their iron indignation" [King John]; "the fire-eyed maid of smoky war" [Henry IV]; silent leges inter arma [Cicero]; si vis pacem para bellum.