The feisty feminist in me has often warred with the longtime gamer in me.
My affection, my gratitude, all warred against the idea of working with those who wronged him so bitterly.
For seven long years King Karl and his Franks warred in the peninsula.
He preached no heresies, promised no future rewards, nor warred he against church or kingdom.
The hardwoods are also warred upon by bugs, weevils, borers, and fungi.
He was prepared to carry out the campaign in a very different spirit to that with which he had warred in England.
Horrible was the society with which we warred, but our own means were not less horrible.
The "frost-giants," Thiassi and Suttungr, had each an "eagle-shirt," in which disguise they warred against the gods.
This plain has been the Aceldama of the nations that have warred in Palestine.
The tears blind me as I go back in retrospection and think over the men that warred against themselves.
late Old English (c.1050), wyrre, werre, from Old North French werre "war" (Modern French guerre), from Frankish *werra, from Proto-Germanic *werso (cf. Old Saxon werran, Old High German werran, German verwirren "to confuse, perplex"). Cognates suggest the original sense was "to bring into confusion."
Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian guerra are from the same source; Romanic peoples turned to Germanic for a word to avoid Latin bellum because its form tended to merge with bello- "beautiful." There was no common Germanic word for "war" at the dawn of historical times. Old English had many poetic words for "war" (wig, guð, heaðo, hild, all common in personal names), but the usual one to translate Latin bellum was gewin "struggle, strife" (related to win).
First record of war time is late 14c. Warpath (1775) is originally in reference to North American Indians, as are war-whoop (1761), war-paint (1826), and war-dance (1757). War crime first attested 1906. War chest is attested from 1901; now usually figurative. War games translates German Kriegspiel (see kriegspiel).
"to make war on," mid-12c.; see war (n.). Related: Warred; warring.