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an act of war

1. A violent action that could initiate large-scale fighting. If we invade that country, it will be an act of war.
2. By extension, any unwelcome action that elicits an angry response. You played my video games when I wasn't home? Oh, that's an act of war, little brother!
See also: act, of, war

an act of war

 
1. Lit. an international act of warlike violence for which war is considered a suitable response. To bomb a ship is an act of war.
2. Fig. any hostile act between two people. "You just broke my stereo!" yelled John. "That's an act of war!"
See also: act, of, war
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New Delhi [India], Feb27 (ANI): Lauding the Indian Air Force (IAF) for Tuesday's air strikes targeting terror launch pads in Pakistan, defence and strategic analyst, JK Verma said that the air strike is not an act of war, "but our right to do so".
It would be immoral, it would be disproportionate, and it could only be considered an act of war something our morals and our Constitution make clear no single person should be able to do alone.
It was America that invaded us - which was an act of war. Again, many Filipinos fought back, risked death rather than modern day slavery.
sanctions, says blockade would be act of war appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our Republic, as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region and categorically reject the resolution," North Koreas foreign ministry said in a statement.
and its followers as a grave infringement upon the sovereignty of our Republic and as an act of war violating peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the region," North Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement on North's official Korean Central News Agency on Sunday, (https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/12/24/north-korea-calls-latest-un-sanctions-an-act-of-war-vows-to-bolster-nuclear-program.html) the Star reported.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- North Korea's Foreign Ministry announced that Pyongyang considers the latest round of UN sanctions, which severely crippled its remaining imports and exports, to be an "act of war"
Desperate, it has upped the ante and is now using its proxy to spread the conflict away from Yemen and into the wider region - an act of war as Saudi Arabia put it.
Hezbollah called the move an act of war engineered by Saudi authorities, an accusation they denied.
Qattan further expressed his frustration with Iran and its actions, elaborating; "Is it not an act of war to launch such missiles [ballistic] from Yemen on Riyadh?" "Saudi Arabia does not call for wars.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the UK Foreign Secretary yesterday this "may be considered an act of war".
It was act of war so support them THE report by Andy Richards on the Birmingham pub bombings once again shows the indifference of officialdom to the man and woman in the street.
ISLAMABAD -- Adviser for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty will be an act of war.
Any act of war involving wanton destruction of life and property including environmental wealth is a crime against both God and humanity, which merits a firm and unequivocal condemnation.
Summary: An act of war, or a crime against humanity?