Complete Definition of "World War III"

wikipedia|World War III
English

Proper noun
en-proper noun|sg=World War III

  1. A hypothetical world war following World War II.

Usage notes
During the w:cold war|Cold War this term implied instantaneous world destruction. With the various subsequent convential wars, that implication is becoming much less common. Moreoften now it is used colloquially to exaggerate personal arguments, especially conflicts within a nuclear family.

Synonyms
third world war

Related terms
world war
World War I
World War II

Translations

Finnish: kolmas maailmansota

See also
w:World_War_III|Wikipedia article on World War III

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