escalation escalation  /ˌɛ skə ˈleɪ ʃən/


  • (n) an increase to counteract a perceived discrepancy


  1. This is absolutely important to bring the current Israeli escalation in Gaza to an end and to keep alive the chances of resuming peace efforts.
  2. The situation in Georgia continues to deteriorate because of the escalation of Russia's use of military force.
  3. The escalation of Middle East tensions is also boosting the fortunes of hard-liners over moderates, at least for now.


  1. Oil price highest since January on Syria concerns

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil rose to the highest level since January amid concerns about a possible escalation in Syria's civil war.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  2. Oil tops $97 amid Syria worries, ahead of US data

    The price of oil rose past $97 a barrel Friday amid concerns about a possible escalation in Syria's civil war while traders awaited the release of several reports on the U.S. economy.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. White House: U.S. to give Syria rebels military aid after chemical attacks

    In a sharp escalation of the U.S. role in Syria's bloody civil war, the White House announced late Thursday that it will provide military aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad after confirming that his government used chemical weapons against the opposition. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes told reporters [...]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Ticket via Yahoo! News


  1. "Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century," Bush said, slamming the "dramatic and brutal escalation" in fighting.
    on Aug 11, 2008 By: President Bush Source: AFP

  2. "We are working hard to avoid an escalation of belligerence and provocation," Clinton said.
    on May 24, 2010 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Washington Post

  3. "Americans deserve to know whether their senator stands with the president and his plan to deepen our military commitment in Iraq, or with the overwhelming majority of Americans who oppose this escalation," Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday...
    on Feb 17, 2007 By: Harry Reid Source: Washington Post

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