The 50 Most Important War-Related Words

You want to learn war-related vocabulary in English? You’re at the right place. Here is a list of war-related vocabulary in English. You can also go through their example sentences to know how they are used in a sentence. I’m pretty sure that you will love this list of vocabulary words.

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.

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Battle

  1. Battle: a hostile meeting of opposing military forces. The word battle is often used in opposition to war, a series of battles. 

Example: Perhaps you have heard someone tell you, after winning the first of many dance competitions, “You may have won the battle, but you haven’t won the war!”

  1. Convoy: To travel in a convoy is to be escorted by a group of protective vehicles. 

Example: “If you are a teenage rock star with millions of fans, you probably need a security convoy just to go visit your grandmother.”

  1. Infantry: an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot. Armies usually contain different divisions for different purposes, such as soldiers specially trained to fight on foot are members of the Infantry.

Example: “After boot camp, Kelley had been trained as an infantry medic.”

  1. Parley: A formal discussion between enemies or opponents is called a parley. (Parley can also be used as a verb, meaning to discuss or negotiate, such as between enemies or opponents.)

Example: “I come in peace and wish to parley,” he said to the men on the shore.”

Tactics

  1. Tactics: Tactics are your carefully planned actions for attaining a certain goal.

Example: “Over the next few days, I tried to get more strategic in my tactics.”

  1. Ally: a friendly nation. If you have an ally, you have someone who is on your side, like a more experienced teammate who is your ally in convincing the coach to give you more playing time.

Example: “He’s a good ally in fight”

  1. Alliance: The state of being joined in an association or coalition. Countries that have an alliance, or agreement, help each other out when in need. That means during times of war, for example, if two countries have an alliance, one will help the other by providing weapons and supplies.

Example: “Tom and Jack made an alliance to help each other beat Charlie playing cards.”

  1. Invade: March aggressively into a territory by military force.

Example: “They invaded the country.”

  1. Bombardment: an attack by dropping explosive devices. When a lot of bombs fall on a city or area, it is a bombardment.

Example:

Ambush

  1. Ambush: An ambush is a sneak attack. To ambush your enemy, hide and wait for him to come near and then pounce on him.

Example: “He sensed the ambush long before it came.”

  1. Commemorate: To commemorate something means to remember something and by doing so to honor it. 

Example: “This sculpture commemorates the victims of the concentration camps”

  1. Defend: Defend has different shades of meaning, but it always has the sense of protecting something. 

Example: “Stop defending him. What he did was wrong.”

  1.  Refugees:  A refugee is someone who has left a dangerous place for a less dangerous place. You could help refugees from a hurricane by bringing them food and blankets.

Example: Several more refugees had arrived earlier in the day.

  1. Courage: Someone with courage is bold and brave, unafraid to face tough challenges.

Example: “She has more courage in her pinkie than every dude I know.”

Extraction

  1. Extraction: Extraction is the action of removing something.

Example: When the dentist yanks out your rotten tooth, the extraction is complete!

  1. Withdrawal: Withdrawal is when you take something out.

Example: “Today i’m making a withdrawal from my bank account”

  1. A pioneer is one of the first settlers in a new place. 

Example: If you desperately want to experience life in space, maybe you will be one of the pioneers who live in the first moon settlement.

  1. Struggle: Something that can only be accomplished with great effort is said to be a struggle. 

Example: “getting through the crowd was a real struggle”

  1. Military: an adjective or noun meaning related to a nation’s armed forces.

Example: “In war, the military of a country is crucial” 

 War

  1.  War: a violent conflict between two or more groups (usually nations).

Examples: “They fought a long war.”

  1. Attack: violent aggression against a person or country.

Example: “They were unprepared when the enemy attacked.”

  1. Victory: winning a battle (or a war.)

Example: “He won an easy victory.”

  1. Camouflage: clothing or vehicle coverings that blend with surroundings. It makes it harder for the enemy to see (or aim at) troops or equipment.

Example: “Men’s camouflage clothing is ideal for outdoor activities like hunting and fishing”

  1. Spies: people trying to get information on enemy plans, strength, and positions. They often work in enemy territory.

Example: “I guess I watched too many movies about spies to know how they really work.”

Propaganda

  1. Propaganda: slanted or incomplete information.

Example: “He spread false propaganda.”

  1. Peace: freedom from war and violence, especially when people live and work together happily without disagreements.

Example: “The war was followed by a long period of peace and prosperity.”

  1. Peacekeeping: the activity of preventing war and violence, especially using armed forces not involved in a disagreement to prevent fighting.

Example: “The army often participates in peacekeeping missions abroad.”

  1. Enemy: someone who hates another : someone who attacks or tries to harm another. 

Example: “He made a lot of enemies during the course of his career.”

  1. Warrior: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill.

Example: “She has been a warrior against social injustice.”

Riot

  1. Riot: a situation in which a large group of people behave in a violent and uncontrolled way.

Example: “A lot of property was damaged in the recent riots.”

  1. Danger: the possibility that something unpleasant or bad will happen.

Example: “We’re all in danger of losing our jobs.”

  1. Damage: physical harm that is done to something or to someone’s body.

Example: “The city sustained heavy damage during the war.”

  1. Negotiation: a formal discussion between people who are trying to reach an agreement, an act of negotiating.

Example: “Negotiations between the two governments have failed to produce an agreement.”

  1. Conflict: strong disagreement between people, groups, etc., that results in often angry arguments. 

Example: “Everyone in my family always tries to avoid conflict.”

Injuries

  1. Injuries: an act or event that causes someone or something to no longer be fully healthy or in good condition

Example: “She fell and suffered an injury to her arm.”

  1. Knock-out: causing someone to become unconscious.

Example: “He won the match by a knockout.”

  1. Power (war related): military force

Example: “They are threatening to use air/military power to resolve the conflict.”

  1. Savage: very cruel or violent

Example: “He was the victim of a savage attack.”

  1. Rebellion: open opposition toward a person or group in authority.

Example: “She’s the head of a rebellion against the leaders of the party.”

Squad

  1. Squad: a small organized group of soldiers.

Example: “He’s the squad leader.”

  1. Terrorism: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.

Example: “They have been arrested for acts of terrorism.”

  1. Target: a place, thing, or person at which an attack is aimed.

Example: “He was a favorite target of the media.” (meaning the media often attacked/criticized him)

  1. Veteran: someone who fought in a war as a soldier, sailor, etc.

Example: “He is an American veteran.”

  1. Violence: the use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc.

Example: “What Genovia did against Freedonia was an act on violence.”

Fear

  1. Fear: an unpleasant emotion caused by being aware of danger : a feeling of being afraid.

Example: “I’ve been trying to overcome my fear of heights.” 

  1. Dictator: a person who rules a country with total authority and often in a cruel or brutal way.

Example: “The country was ruled by a military dictator.”

  1. Explosion: the sudden, loud, and violent release of energy that happens when something (such as a bomb) breaks apart in a way that sends parts flying outward. 

Example: “The filmmakers staged the car’s explosion.”

  1. Hit-and-run: involving quick action by someone who then leaves or runs away quickly.

Example: “Police are looking for an unidentified hit-and-run driver.”

  1. Nightmare: a very bad or frightening experience or situation.

Example: “The party was a complete nightmare.”

  1. Outbreak: sudden start or increase of fighting or disease.

Example: “They are preparing for an outbreak of the virus.”

By learning war vocabulary, you will be able to communicate better with other English-speaking friends who share your interest in this topic. You will also be able to enjoy communication with native speakers by using these words in conversations. Finally, you will be able to score more in the field of writing and speaking by using these words at the right moment when you are writing or speaking.

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