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  • proper n. The war from 1914 to 1918 between the Entente Powers of the British Empire, Russian Empire, France, Italy, the United States and other allied nations, against the Central Powers represented by Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria.

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  • n. a war between the allies (Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria) from 1914 to 1918

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Examples

  • Born in Baltimore, the son of the president of Washington College, he began his career as reporter on the Baltimore papers, served in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and wrote the material for The Cross of Lorraine, the newspaper of the 79th Division.

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

  • That was a World War I derogation of lizard-lidded gigolos who hung about chichi bars and nightclubs in search of rich women to seduce and bilk.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • It was not hard to imagine Austrian and Italian troops in the World War I trenches, Hemingways ambulance bouncing along these roads, or lines of German soldiers retreating northward in World War II.

    The Italian Summer

  • Bundys public service commitment and centrist political orientation were reflected in his singular postwar achievement: co-authoring the memoirs of Stimson, the ultimate bipartisan statesman, who had been secretary of state for Herbert Hoover and twice secretary of warto William Howard Taft before World War I and to Franklin Roosevelt during World War II.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Our reconnaissance aircraft could take target photographs before and after raids and our choppers, which needed their A1E escorts (we called them Spads, because the AlE's age and performance approached that of the World War I machine with the same nickname), could sometimes get in and out of enemy territory to accomplish a rescue.

    Thud Ridge

  • The years before the outbreak of World War I represent the core of her artistic achievement, when Ethan Frome (1911), The Reef (1912), and The Custom of the Country (1913) were published.

    The House of Mirth

  • He came into office after World War I facing a mountain of war debt, but instead of raising taxes, he cut the tax rate and government revenues increased, permitting him to eliminate the wartime debt and proving that the principle mentioned by Ibn Khaldoon about lower tax rates meaning greater tax revenues still worked in the modern world.

    An American Life

  • I had grown up admiring what I perceived to be the chivalry of the World War I pilots—Frank Luke, Eddie Rickenbacker, Manfred von Richthofen, and Billy Bishop.

    First Man

  • The Victorian period of grief came to a close when World War I forced Americans to accept death proudly and unemotionally so as not to undermine the war effort.

    The Truth About Grief

  • Unfortunately, as can be expected from a chemical cleansing process originally designed during World War I as a treatment for mustard gas exposure, chelation comes with a significant amount of risk.

    The Panic Virus

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