Definition of war to end all wars in English:

war to end all wars

phrase

  • A war, especially World War I, regarded as making subsequent wars unnecessary.

    • ‘Nobody, least of all the archduke himself, would have been aware of his car predicting the exact date and year the war to end all wars finally finished.’
    • ‘Eighty-six years ago the war to end all wars ended with an armistice signed in the forests of Compiègne by the Allies and Germans in 1918.’
    • ‘Her natural inclination was to be helpful, but she didn't understand the purpose behind this war to end all wars.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the promise to pensioners who fought in World War Two - a war to end all wars - and to produce a country fit for heroes seems once more to have gone up in smoke.’
    • ‘It's most ironic in 2001 looking back that this was what they believed: that the First World War was the war to end all wars.’
    • ‘It was called the Great War, the war to end all wars.’
    • ‘A central thread runs through the otherwise diverse collection: the pride the families had for these men who sacrificed all in what was hoped to be ‘the war to end all wars.’’
    • ‘We stand firm in the face of the war to end all wars and say in unison, ‘never again.’’
    • ‘My life began in those optimistic years following the war to end all wars, when good times were to roll forever.’
    • ‘The First World War was dubbed the war to end all wars.’