Definition of flame war in English:

flame war


  • A lengthy exchange of angry or abusive messages between users of an online forum or other discussion area.

    ‘when people engage in flame wars, they often do battle from behind the cloak of anonymity’
    • ‘As a courtesy to your fellow Netizens, don't contribute to a troller's bait or a flame war.’
    • ‘There was a huge flame war which I think split Dr Who fandom permanently over whether the novels were canon, btw.’
    • ‘It is always best to avoid these situations when you see a flame war is about to start as nothing constructive comes of them.’
    • ‘Without the visual cues we get in face-to-face conversation, flame wars could erupt.’
    • ‘Sometimes these exchanges produce flame wars, sometimes mutual understanding.’
    • ‘How can this be done without incurring the wrath of an angry e-mail flame war?’
    • ‘The irony is that if two users in a flame war met face to face, they would most likely get on famously, especially as the heat of debate is far easily settled across a table than across a cable.’
    • ‘I'll bet those quotes were cut and pasted from an IRC channel during a teenage geek flame war.’
    • ‘A flame war quickly erupted, with people on all sides of the issue exchanging emails.’
    • ‘Anyway, I have no wish to get into a flame war so I'll get to my point now.’
    • ‘Don't get in flame wars on Usenet (or anywhere else).’
    • ‘The huge surface area of all these worlds of programming leads to pointless flame wars over whose world is better.’
    • ‘This conversation has almost turned out into a fully fledged flame war.’
    • ‘According to Martin, every now and then a flame war erupts over German usage, and it gets just as virulent as with English.’
    • ‘However, after spam and flame wars became rampant, and the deteriorating signal/noise ratio began to threaten the list's viability, moderation was introduced.’
    • ‘A flame war and a face-to-face argument are two very different things.’
    • ‘And finding what you want in a text-based cacophony of spam, flame wars and off-topic nonsense can be maddening.’
    • ‘Some flame wars become so serious that they end with members being banned from chat rooms or message boards.’
    • ‘After the initial ambush, the discussion tends to turn into a brief flame war over the semantics of the quote - even though the gist is unchanged.’