dirty war

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dirty war 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 "thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s"
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Usage

In literature:

A crowd of dirty, war-worn looking soldiers were clustered about the entrance in groups.
"Bullets & Billets" by Bruce Bairnsfather
This did not, however, intimidate the rest, for at the close of the war several hundreds were dressed in the dirty khaki hue.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
Filth, that's what war is, and dirty diseases lying in wait for decent men.
"Home Fires in France" by Dorothy Canfield
For heavy around you is Italy's after-the-war atmosphere, darkly pressing you, squeezing you, milling you into dirty paper notes.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
The Germans played dirty tricks with the Boers during the late war.
"The Shadow of the Past" by F.E. Mills Young
Here we found an English, a French, and an American frigate, as also a dirty old Brazilian sloop of war.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
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In poetry:

That ten years' nonsense now is done,
The daily quarrel dirty
Will soon become a war with one
Who held his own for thirty;
"To Sweden" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

Argentina's ' Blond angel of death' convicted for role in dirty war.
Humans have long dreamed of droids to do our dirty work, whether washing the dishes or fighting our wars.
This spring, the conviction of two brothers for crimes against humanity in Argentina's ' dirty war ' highlighted the role civilians played in the military's systematic repression between 1976 and 1983.
The ' dirty war ' against Colombia's unions.
Argentina's 'Blond angel of death' convicted for role in dirty war .
Daughter of ' Dirty War ,' Raised by Man Who Killed Her Parents.
Solving the Dirty War 's mysteries.
Bitter Memories of a ' Dirty War ' The Nation.
Dirty liar' and pressure for taxes escalate war of words.
Dirty Tricks in Syria's Civil War.
The radioactive materials , mostly left over from the Cold War, include nuclear bomb-grade uranium and plutonium, and dirty-bomb isotopes like cesium and iridium.
Naomi Campell Tells War Tribunal She's Unsure About the Origins of 'Dirty Looking Stones.
When Lipstick and Dipstick told "Miserable in Maple Grove" that looking at lesbian porn could be part of a healthy sex life, not a dirty secret, it set off a small debate we like to call The Sex Wars Circa 2009.
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