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A flame war is a heated argument between two individuals, that results in those involved posting personal attacks on each other during or instead of debating the topic at hand.

Most forums have rules that forbid flaming. This is because the quality of conversation on a forum can be seriously degraded by a flame war. Topics can be "hijacked" by two people who would rather flame each other than discuss the subject of the thread.

Some websites encourage flaming for the purpose of entertainment. One such website is
I can't come to work today because i'm having a flame war on
by Markus February 09, 2004
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A heavy discussion on wordforums/word that usually ends in total chaos. Insulting words are used frequently. Often a flamewar is started by a wordtroll/word, either in the wordthread/word title, or in an wordofftopic/word wordpost/word that is added to the thread. wordAdministrator/words will often close a thread if it has turned into a flamewar.
A wordn00b/word had started an innocent thread about graphical differences between Half-Life 2 and Doom3, but when Brassmonkey came in, the discussion turned into a flamewar, until Abom|nation had to close it down.
by Roach August 14, 2003
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A thread in a forum where posts get too out-of-hand and result in chaos and spamming/flamming. Usually, flamming occurs between two members and flame wars occur between large groups of members attacking others. Administrators of the message boards will have to close the thread if this happens.
"It started out as a discussion poll but quickly turned into a fu**ing flamewar."
by Avarice November 18, 2005
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A battle, fight, arguement, bitch-fest etc. based on the internet in a forum or message-board and sometimes in an IM Convo. It will usually be started by an angry little dirt-child who thinks the 'opponent' has done something against his or her authoritory. Some flame-wars are started intentionally to see who can spurt the best insult. Some cheaters will use images as arguments, but some images are very convincing in arguements, such as images that bring any if the following slogans over:

"And how."
"STFU Newbie!"
"Where is the funny?"

Any image with these slogans or slogans relating to the forementioned goes good with an image that relates to the image.

Anyhoo, some people devote a forum from their message-board on intentional flame-wars just for fun. But just because it is for fun doesn't make it a total piss-up. The rage felt in flame-wars are genrally believable and occasionally hilarious.
The word 'flame war' originates from 'flame,' the name for an insult thrown in a message-board or IM Convo. To be 'flamed' is to be insulted. A flame war is full of flaming.
by Bastardized Bottomburp March 28, 2003
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A Flame War is just exactly what you think it is.. kind of. Flame Wars usually appear on internet Threads. A Flame War mostly consists on 2 people both being angry at each other to the point racial slurs, threats, or any other type of offensive things are involved. Flame Wars will most likely end in some one giving up or some one getting banned from the website.
A normal flame war:

xXswagboy91Xx: lol ur mom is fat
mlgqu1cksc0per227: nah urs is

3 and-a-half minutes later

mlgqu1cksc0per227: fuck you nigger. go eat some kfc and watermelon bitch. kill yourself.
by Teknetium December 27, 2014
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when two eleven year olds fight over something that makes literally no sense
Jon: pizza is TOTALLY a vegetable!!
Wesley: it's not!! it doesn't grow on a plant, does it??
Welsey: what about cheese?? anchovies?? pepperonis??
Jon: eh, you win our little flame war
Wesley: good
Jon: my dad agrees with me tho >.>
by Sir FiddleSticks June 26, 2018
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