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[mass noun] Warfare in which atom bombs are used.
- ‘In the event of an atomic war, the first two weeks would probably be a fight for survival, when a knowledge of civil defence would be of as much importance to military as to civilian personnel.’
- ‘This training center was focused on training forces to fight in an atomic war.’
- ‘In one public opinion poll, 97 percent of Americans reported that they had made no particular preparations for atomic war.’
- ‘He even went so far as to admit that atomic war would be catastrophic for all mankind, but he was soon persuaded by his colleagues to backtrack.’
- ‘How else would I be able to argue that the only response that would be unreasonable would be atomic war?’
- ‘If statesmen failed to prevent atomic war, he said, ‘the war after that will be fought with sticks and stones.’’
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