anti-personnel
   designed to kill or maim
   It could mean no more than opposed to people:
    'Anti-personnel weapon' is a sophisticated euphemism for 'killer weapon'. (Pei, 1969)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • anti-personnel — anti person nel adj [only before noun] an anti personnel weapon is designed to hurt people rather than to damage buildings, vehicles etc …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • anti-personnel — anti person nel adjective anti personnel weapons are designed to injure or kill people, rather than destroy buildings or weapons …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • anti-personnel — adj. (of a bomb, mine, etc.) designed to kill or injure people rather than to damage buildings or equipment. * * * anti personnel /anˈti pûr sə nelˈ/ adjective Intended to destroy military personnel and other persons, but not necessarily… …   Useful english dictionary

  • anti-personnel — adjective Referring to devices (typically weapons) intended to harm people in particular. An anti personnel mine will kill a soldier but is ineffective against a tank. Syn: AP …   Wiktionary

  • anti-personnel — adj. Anti personnel is used with these nouns: ↑mine …   Collocations dictionary

  • anti-personnel — adjective an anti personnel weapon is designed to hurt people rather than damage buildings, vehicles etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • anti-personnel — UK / US adjective anti personnel weapons are designed to injure or kill people, rather than destroy buildings or weapons …   English dictionary

  • anti-personnel — /ˌænti pɜsəˈnɛl/ (say .antee persuh nel) adjective Military used to kill or injure people rather than used against mechanised vehicles, equipment, defences, etc.: anti personnel bombs …   Australian English dictionary

  • Anti-personnel — Mine terrestre Pour les articles homonymes, voir Mine. Une mine terrestre est une charge explosive qui se déclenche sous l action involontaire de l ennemi au passage de personnes (mine antipersonnel) ou de véhicules (mine antichar ou… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • anti-personnel — adjective (of weapons) designed to kill or injure people rather than to damage buildings or equipment …   English new terms dictionary

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