war of nerves

war of nerve
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wawr uhv, ov nurv]
    • /wɔr ʌv, ɒv nɜrv/
    • /wɔː(r) əv nɜːv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wawr uhv, ov nurv]
    • /wɔr ʌv, ɒv nɜrv/

Definitions of war of nerves words

  • noun war of nerves a conflict using psychological techniques, as propaganda, threats, and false rumors, rather than direct violence, in order to confuse, thwart, or intimidate an enemy. 1
  • noun war of nerves psychological conflict 1
  • singular noun war of nerves A war of nerves is a conflict in which the opposing sides try to make each other feel less confident. 0
  • noun war of nerves the use of psychological tactics against an opponent, such as shattering his morale by the use of propaganda 0
  • noun war of nerves a conflict or campaign utilizing psychological means to unsettle an opponent or to destroy morale 0
  • noun war of nerves (Idiomatic) Warfare or other physical conflict in which one or more combatting parties use especially demoralizing and frightening tactics to attempt to unnerve their opponents. 0

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Origin of war of nerves

First appearance:

before 1935
One of the 8% newest English words
First recorded in 1935-40

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war of nerves popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 32% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

war of nerves usage trend in Literature

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