massive retaliation


a strategy of military counterattack that involves the use of nuclear weapons.

Nearby words

  1. massinger, philip,
  2. massinisa,
  3. massinissa,
  4. massive,
  5. massive resistance,
  6. massive, mount,
  7. massively,
  8. massless,
  9. masson disk,
  10. massorah

Origin of massive retaliation

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for massive retaliation

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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