an act of war

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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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4, which Saudi Arabis decried as an act of war by Tehran.
By revoking IWT India will be violating international laws and every Pakistani will consider it as an act of war,' he said commenting on Indian threats to revoke the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).
Even though Osama bin Laden is dead, the victim of a retaliatory act of war by the American government, the victims lack a forum to follow up on their profound grief and an institution where they can take stock of the progress of justice against the killers.
Most if not all scholars would disagree with Paul's assertion that the imposition of strong sanctions by the United Nations would be an act of war.
If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.
It was as barbaric an act of war as any I had ever seen committed by Americans.
Grigg states: "That the murderous aggression against our country justified a military response is beyond dispute," and that "The Black Tuesday attack was an act of war.
International law traditionally took the view that only a sovereign state could perform an act of war.
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Ultimately, despite the successfully accomplished Pearl Harbor mission, the militant government of Japan brought about its own downfall with its act of war.
Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday warned India that the use of force across the border in the disputed Kashmir region or elsewhere between the two countries will be considered as an act of war.
The destruction of the Maine, they argued, was an obvious act of war by an aging European nation trying to hold onto power.
ISLAMABAD -- Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Chaudhry Aitezaz Ahsan on Tuesday said any unilateral revocation of the Indus Water Treaty by India would be considered an act of war.