massive retaliation

Origin of massive retaliation

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
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massive retaliation in Culture

massive retaliation

The doctrine that the best way to deter aggression is to threaten a potential aggressor with devastation by atomic bombs (see also atomic bomb). See hawks and doves.)

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