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Synonyms for skirmish
ˈskɜr mɪʃskir·mish

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. skirmish

    Conflict is a general word which describes opponents, whether individuals or hosts, as dashed together. One continuous conflict between entire armies is a battle. Another battle may be fought upon the same field after a considerable interval; or a new battle may follow immediately, the armies meeting upon a new field. An action is brief and partial; a battle may last for days. Engagement is a somewhat formal expression for battle; as, it was the commander's purpose to avoid a general engagement. A protracted war, including many battles, may be a stubborn contest. Combat, originally a hostile encounter between individuals, is now used also for extensive engagements. A skirmish is between small detachments or scattered troops. An encounter may be either purposed or accidental, between individuals or armed forces. Fight is a word of less dignity than battle; we should not ordinarily speak of Waterloo as a fight, unless where the word is used in the sense of fighting; as, I was in the thick of the fight.

    Synonyms:
    action, affair, battle, bout, combat, conflict, contest, encounter, engagement, fight, passage of arms, strife

    Antonyms:
    armistice, concord, peace, suspension of hostilities, truce

    Preposition:
    A battle of giants; battle between armies; a battle for life, against invaders; a battle to the death; the battle of (more rarely at) Marathon.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brush, clash, encounter, skirmishverb

    a minor short-term fight

    Synonyms:
    brushing, face-off, clangor, brush, coming upon, clang, clash, brushwood, encounter, clank, confrontation, clangour, copse, meeting, thicket, showdown, friction, crash, coppice, clangoring, light touch

  2. skirmishverb

    engage in a skirmish

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  1. skirmishnoun

    Synonyms:
    fight (of slight consequence), battle, collision, conflict, combat, brush, affair

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How to use skirmish in a sentence?

  1. Liu Shyh-fang:

    This is the skirmish before the presidential battle, we have not had any chance to beat the KMT (in Taipei). Now it will be a little victory if Dr Ko can win.

  2. Jono Miller:

    We’re viewing this as the opening skirmish in a broader campaign that Tallahassee is undertaking to completely redefine the state parks.

  3. Lorenzo Anderson:

    Secondly, Donita still has state claims in addition to this federal claim. we will continue to pursue justice and accountability. Today’s decision was a small skirmish in a bigger battle.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    If I were one of our Sunni Arab allies watching this, I'd be encouraged that America was back in the business of being more assertive, less passive. That does not mean you are going to send in the troops every time there is a skirmish somewhere, but I thought it was very reassuring.

  5. Anthony Chan:

    In general terms, we have a trade skirmish not a trade war, longer term, we believe these trade issues will be resolved but on a day-to-day basis they lead to some consternation from investors.


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