Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "war" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: war, warfare

Pronunciation: [vigh-NAH]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #188 (see frequency list)

Grandpa, were you scared in the war?
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 Example sentences:
  • Я ненави́жу войну́!
  • I hate war!
  • Во врéмя войны́ они́ жи́ли в Ленингрáде.
  • They lived in Leningrad during the war.
  • Дéдушка, тебé бы́ло стрáшно на войнé?
  • Grandpa, were you scared at the war?
  • Чапáев cчитáлся в СССР герóем Граждáнской войны́.
  • In USSR, Chapayev was considered a Civil war hero.
  • Вторáя мировáя войнá унеслá огрóмное коли́чество жи́зней.
  • The Second World War took many lives.
  • Во врéмя войны́ он был солдáтом, а потóм стал офицéром.
  • He was a soldier during the war and then became an officer.
  • Когдá началácь войнá, он пошëл на фронт добровóльцем.
  • When the war broke out, he went to the front as a volunteer.
  • В 1939 году́ Гермáния объяви́ла войну́ Пóльше.
  • In 1939 Germany declared war on Poland.
  • Эти стрáны ужé давнó веду́т войну́.
  • These countries have been at war for a long time.
  • Конéчно, я отношу́cь к вóйнам отрицáтельно.
  • Of course, I have a negative attitude towards wars.
  • C утрá до вéчера у них дóма настоя́щая война!
  • They quarrel from early mornig till late in the evening!
  •  literal  From early morning till late in the evening they have a real war!
  • Вы читáли "Войну́ и мир" Толстóго?
  • Have you read the "War and Peace" by Tolstoy?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • Граждáнская войнá = Сivil war
  • Холóдная войнá = Сold war
  • Пéрвая мировáя войнá = First World War
  • Вторáя мировáя войнá = Second World War
  • объяви́ть войну́ = to declare war
  • вести́ войну́ = to be at war
 Related words:
  • воéнный = military
  • мир = peace
  • би́тва = a battle
  • солдáт = a soldier
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • На войнé как на войнé
  • Everything can happen.
  •  literal  At war as at war.
  • Кому́ войнá, a кому́ мать роднáя.
  • There're people who profit from war.
  •  literal  For some it's the war, and for others it's their own mother.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural

Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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