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Make love not war

This page is about the saying "Make love not war"

American English

Possible meaning:
1) Sex between people is better than fighting between countries. 2) Peace is better than war.

Origin: American student slogan of the 1960s, then mainly used by those opposed to the American War in Vietnam. It subsequently featured in John Lennon's song Mind Games (1973); and has since been used by those opposed to the American War in Iraq and war in general.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

"Make love not war" might be said in support of

a. nuclear disarmament

b. nuclear conflagration

c. terrorism

Saying of the Day

Contributor: Josef Essberger