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to vanquish

to vanquish

/ˈvæŋkwɪʃ/
verb
come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

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veteran

veteran

/ˈvɛtɝən/, /ˈvɛtɹən/
noun
a former member of the armed forces who has fought in a war

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to wage

to wage

/ˈweɪdʒ/
verb
carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

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trooper

trooper

/ˈtɹupɝ/
noun
a soldier in a motorized army unit

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truce

truce

/ˈtɹus/
noun
an agreement according to which enemies or opponents stop fighting each other for a specific period of time; the period of time that such agreement lasts

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accord

accord

/əˈkɔɹd/
noun
an official agreement between two countries or groups of people

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barracks

barracks

/ˈbæɹəks/, /ˈbɛɹəks/
noun
a building or a set of buildings that soldiers live in

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battalion

battalion

/bəˈtæɫjən/
noun
an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies

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to blitz

to blitz

/ˈbɫɪts/
verb
attack suddenly and without warning

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bloodshed

bloodshed

/ˈbɫədˌʃɛd/
noun
indiscriminate slaughter

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blockade

blockade

/ˌbɫɑˈkeɪd/
noun
a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy

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brigade

brigade

/bɹəˈɡeɪd/, /bɹɪˈɡeɪd/
noun
army unit smaller than a division

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to bombard

to bombard

/bɑmˈbɑɹd/
verb
to drop bombs on someone or something continuously

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brigadier general

brigadier general

/bɹˌɪɡɐdˈɪɹ dʒˈɛnɚɹəl/
noun
a general officer ranking below a major general

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admiral

admiral

/ˈædmɝəɫ/
noun
the highest-ranking officer in a fleet
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to ambush

to ambush

/ˈæmˌbʊʃ/
verb
wait in hiding to attack

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armament

armament

/ˈɑɹməmənt/
noun
weaponry used by military or naval force

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ammunition

ammunition

/ˌæmjəˈnɪʃən/
noun
projectiles to be fired from a gun

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to assassinate

to assassinate

/əˈsæsəˌneɪt/
verb
to murder a prominent figure in a sudden attack for political purposes

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cavalry

cavalry

/ˈkævəɫɹi/
noun
a highly mobile army unit

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ceasefire

ceasefire

/ˈsisˈfaɪɝ/
noun
*** a temporary suspension of fighting, typically one during which peace talks take place; a truce

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civilian

civilian

/səˈvɪɫjən/
noun
a person who is not a member of or not on active duty in armed forces or the police

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cold war

cold war

/kˈoʊld wˈɔːɹ/
noun
a state of unfriendly relationship between two states which are not openly at war with each other

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to conquer

to conquer

/ˈkɑŋkɝ/
verb
to gain control of a place or people using armed forces

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to conspire

to conspire

/kənˈspaɪɝ/
verb
to make secret plans with other people to commit an illegal or destructive act

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contingent

contingent

/kənˈtɪndʒənt/
noun
a temporary military unit

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coup

coup

/ˈku/
noun
an unexpected, illegal, and often violent attempt to change a government

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court martial

court martial

/kˈoːɹt mˈɑːɹʃəl/
noun
*** a military court that deals with members of the armed forces who break military law; a trial at such a court

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curfew

curfew

/ˈkɝfju/
noun
an order or law that prohibits people from going outside after a specific time, particularly at night

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evacuation

evacuation

/iˈvækjəˈweɪʃən/, /ɪˌvækjəˈweɪʃən/
noun
the action of transferring people or being transferred to somewhere else to be safe from a dangerous situation

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garrison

garrison

/ˈɡæɹɪsən/
noun
a fortified military post where troops are stationed

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incendiary

incendiary

/ˌɪnˈsɛndiɛɹi/
noun
a bomb that is designed to start fires; is most effective against flammable targets (such as fuel)

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to infiltrate

to infiltrate

/ˈɪnfɪɫˌtɹeɪt/
verb
enter a group or organization in order to spy on the members

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legionary

legionary

/lˈiːdʒənˌɛɹi/
noun
a soldier who is a member of a legion (especially the French Foreign Legion)

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mercenary

mercenary

/ˈmɝsəˌnɛɹi/
noun
a person hired to fight for another country than their own

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marauder

marauder

/mɝˈɔdɝ/
noun
someone who attacks in search of booty

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militia

militia

/məˈɫɪʃə/, /mɪˈɫɪʃə/
noun
a military group consisting of civilians who have been trained as soldiers to help the army in emergencies

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to mobilize

to mobilize

/ˈmoʊbəˌɫaɪz/
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(of a state) to organize and prepare for a military operation

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to pillage

to pillage

/ˈpɪɫɪdʒ/
verb
steal goods; take as spoils

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rebellion

rebellion

/ɹɪˈbɛɫjən/
noun
organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

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