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weapon of mass destruction

Definitions

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  • n. A chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or other weapon that is designed to cause death or serious injury to large numbers of civilians.

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  • n. a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)

Etymologies

weapon + of + mass destruction (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Similarly, the congressionally authorized Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism issued a report in December 2008 that concluded: “It is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013.”

    The Longest War

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