-mach, -machy, -machies, -machia, -machist, -machic, -machical

(Greek: battle, war; fight; contest)

stomachy (s) (noun), stomachies (pl)
1. Easily offended, resentful, ready to take offence, irritable.
2. Big-bellied, paunchy.
symmachy (s) (noun), symmachies (pl)
1. Fighting together or in an alliance with an ally (or allies).
2. Fighting jointly against a common enemy.
tauromachia (s) (noun), tauromachias (pl)
tauromachian (adjective), more tauromachian, most tauromachian
tauromachic (adjective), more tauromachic, most tauromachic
Pertaining to, or relating to, bull-fighting.
tauromachics (noun) (a plural form used as a singular)
The business of bullfighting.
tauromachy (s) (noun), tauromachies (pl)
The practice or custom of bull-fighting; a bull fight.
telemachy (s) (noun), telemachies (pl)
1. Fighting or doing battle from a distance.
2. A term used to describe the first four books of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey.
theomachist (s) (noun), theomachists (pl)
Someone who fights against God (or the gods) or resists God's divine will.
theomachy (s) (noun), theomachies (pl)
1. A striving or warring against God; opposition to the will of God.
2. A battle or strife among the gods; especially, in reference to that narrated in Homer’s Iliad.
titanomachy (s) (noun), titanomachies (pl)
Gigantic and violent warfare: Some wars have been titanomachies in that they were so huge and destructive that it took a great deal of effort to re-establish some degree of normalcy for the nations to recover.

The term titanomachy is based on the furious battles that took place between the Titans and the Olympian gods as expressed in Greek mythology.

trimachia (s) (noun), trimachias (pl)
A series of three battles or a contest between three.
trimachy (s) (noun), trimachies (pl)
War or Battle Techniques that Continue Unabately

Techniques of War Operations

A general must be skillful in preparing the materials of war and in supplying his soldiers; he must be a man of mechanical ingenuity, careful, persevering, sagacious, kind and yet severe, open yet crafty, careful of his own but ready to steal from others, profuse yet rapacious, cautious yet enterprising.

—Xenophon, ancient Greek historian and military leader
If the enemy advances, we retreat.
If he halts, we harass.
If he avoids battle, we attack.
If he retreats, we follow.
—North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap

Although disarmingly straightforward, these rules proved enormously effective. Under Giap's leadership, the North Vietnamese army expelled France in 1954, drove out the United States in 1973 and reunified Vietnam in 1975.

—Compiled from short excerpts in "Giap: The Victor in Vietnam"
by Peter Macdonald-Brian, Newsday, 1993.

Related "war, war-like" or "battle" word units: areo-; belli-; milit-.