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DIRTY WAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dirty war mean? 

DIRTY WAR (noun)
  The noun DIRTY WAR has 1 sense:

1. an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims

  Familiarity information: DIRTY WAR used as a noun is very rare.


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DIRTY WAR (noun)


Sense 1dirty war [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s

Hypernyms ("dirty war" is a kind of...):

offence; offense; offensive (the action of attacking an enemy)

Domain category:

act of terrorism; terrorism; terrorist act (the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)


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