Definitions

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  • n. A war fought using nuclear (fission of fusion) weapons.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A war in which nuclear weapons are used by both sides. As generally used, the term assumes major use of nuclear weapons by at least two opposing warring states. As of 1999, no nuclear war has occurred.

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Examples

  • Never mind that much of the world had seen JFK as a saber-rattling bully, threatening nuclear war over Cuba and sending American troops to support a corrupt regime in Vietnam; never mind that RFK had cut his political teeth on Joe McCarthy's vicious Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

    1968

  • In 1965, a study of urban schoolchildren showed that students were barely concerned with nuclear war or germs, the predominating dangers depicted by the media; 80 percent named wild animals as their greatest fear, mainly lions and tigers and bears.

    Strangers at the Feast

  • In MAD’s upside-down logic, defense was provocative: national missile defense would upset the strategic “balance of terror” and actually make nuclear war more likely.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • He interviewed nuclear scientist Edward Teller, who madly explained how nuclear war could be survived and how one was "better dead than Red."

    1968 the Year that Rocked the World

  • So anxious was JFK to avoid nuclear war that he went even further: he also approved that Saturday a secret proposal by Rusk that in the event Khrushchev rejected the terms proffered by his brother, a Columbia University professor former UN official Andrew Cordier would recommend to UN Secretary-General U Thant that he make a public proposal for a Turkey-for-Cuban-missiles trade.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • I DECLARED OUR COMMITMENT to reducing the risk of nuclear war and asked the Soviet Union to join us in doing so in a television address from the National Press Club in Washington on November 18, 1981.

    An American Life

  • The CINCSAC said, "It is imperative that we help bolster the nation's conventional capabilities to make nuclear war less likely.

    Strategic Air Command: People Aircraft and Missiles 2nd Edition

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