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massive retaliation

noun

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


massive retaliation

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of massive retaliation1

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55

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