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CEFR C2 Vocabulary - War and Army

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CEFR C2 Vocabulary
armada
[noun]
a very large assembled fleet of military warships operating under a unified command
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armistice
[noun]
a temporary stoppage or truce in hostilities between parties engaged in a war or conflict
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mercenary
[noun]
a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army, often motivated by payment rather than ideological or national allegiance
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barricade
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a defensive barrier erected during wartime to obstruct enemy movement and provide protection for defending forces
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battalion
[noun]
a military unit composed of a varying number of companies or platoons, typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel
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platoon
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the military unit that is a subdivision of a company with a lieutenant in charge
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espionage
[noun]
the covert gathering of information for political, military, or economic purposes, often conducted by intelligence agencies
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coup d'etat
[noun]
a sudden, violent seizure of governmental power by a small group
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onslaught
[noun]
a fierce and intense attack, often with the goal of overwhelming the opponent
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armament
[noun]
the military equipment and weaponry used by a country or military force
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arsenal
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a building where military equipment are stored or manufactured
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deterrent
[noun]
a military strategy or capability designed to dissuade an adversary from aggression
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ammunition
[noun]
projectiles, bullets, shells, or explosive devices used in firearms, artillery, or other weapons
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catapult
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a large weapon that was used in ancient times to throw stones or other objects with great force
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bazooka
[noun]
a portable rocket launcher designed for use against tanks and armored vehicles
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shrapnel
[noun]
fragments from an explosion, causing damage to surroundings
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musket
[noun]
an early firearm with a long barrel, used by infantry from the 16th to 18th centuries
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mortar
[noun]
a short-barreled, muzzle-loaded artillery piece that fires explosive shells at high angles for close-range support
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affray
[noun]
a public fight involving a group of people, typically causing a disturbance or public disorder
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air raid
[noun]
an attack by aircraft, typically involving the dropping of bombs, on a location or a series of locations
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bridgehead
[noun]
a secured area on the enemy's side of a river or other obstacle, established by military forces to serve as a base for further operations
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evacuee
[noun]
an individual who is forced to flee from a dangerous place or region
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garrison
[noun]
a group of military personnel stationed in a specific location or military base, often for the purpose of defending it
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to blitz
[verb]
to carry out a sudden and intense military attack
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to pillage
[verb]
to plunder, typically during times of war or civil unrest
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to lance
[verb]
to thrust or strike with a long-pointed weapon
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to plunder
[verb]
to steal goods from a place or person, especially during times of war, chaos, or civil disorder
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to strafe
[verb]
to attack ground targets, such as enemy troops or installations, with gunfire from low-flying aircraft
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to outflank
[verb]
to maneuver around the side of an enemy force, position, or defensive line in order to gain a tactical advantage
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to vanquish
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to defeat someone completely and decisively
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