Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WARS

I am a lonely man, my sweeting, and I must settle some day when the wars are over and done.

Give me but one word of hope to take to the wars with me—but one.

The queen, her mother, had accompanied Gustavus to the wars.

All these wars were won by Inglishee; Lenani's words of wisdom spoke of Inglishee.

But beyond that, oh, King, have you not heard of the wars of the Wakamba?

But I have been away so long, and everything is changed since the King of Prussia began his wars.

But wars such as you read of in your history, will never happen again.

It is time that we were at the wars, for our good swords will not bide in their scabbards.

For I presume that it is to the wars that ye are riding, since ye are all so armed and accoutred.'

I have heard speak of your Colonelship, and of your doings in the German wars.

WORD ORIGIN

late Old English (c.1050), wyrre, werre, from Old North French werre "war" (Modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra, from Proto-Germanic *werso (cf. Old Saxon werran, Old High German werran, German verwirren "to confuse, perplex"). Cognates suggest the original sense was "to bring into confusion."

Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian guerra are from the same source; Romanic peoples turned to Germanic for a word to avoid Latin bellum because its form tended to merge with bello- "beautiful." There was no common Germanic word for "war" at the dawn of historical times. Old English had many poetic words for "war" (wig, guð, heaðo, hild, all common in personal names), but the usual one to translate Latin bellum was gewin "struggle, strife" (related to win).

First record of war time is late 14c. Warpath (1775) is originally in reference to North American Indians, as are war-whoop (1761), war-paint (1826), and war-dance (1757). War crime first attested 1906. War chest is attested from 1901; now usually figurative. War games translates German Kriegspiel (see kriegspiel).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.