from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A god of war; a deity who personifies or presides over war.


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  • Curiously, I gave the war-god Woden a deep booming voice in the scene in Exile, which was written long before I saw the documentary about the Sutton Hoo helmet.

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  • Conan the Barbarian -- Conan is Mars, the war-god.

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  • Diana, Princess of Wales rides around in shining white motorcycle leathers on a semi-sentient motorbike, doing battle with the war-god, Landmines, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, from whom she took her mystic powers of Royalty.

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  • Vexingly, meanwhile, the half-blood daughter of the war-god Ares is in a snit and won't fight; a spy is lurking in Percy's ranks; and the enemy has unleashed a flying pig that belches noxious gas.

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  • Ares is the Greek war-god, whom the Romans called Mars.

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  • Named for the war-god Mars and son of a tribune, he was destined for a promising military career, until the famous and oft-repeated incident in which he divided his scarlet cloak in half to clothe a naked beggar in Amiens, only to see in a dream later that the beggar to whom he had extended his charity was Jesus Christ Himself.

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  • We The People! are fed up with war-god “father” figures and are yearning for something more pacifistic.

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  • Rome's "red" war-god Mars was once an Etruscan fertility-savior Maris, worshipped at an ancient shrine in the Apennines, Matiene.

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  • But with the forward movement a certain portion of the line curved onwards in advance, with wave-like sinuosity, and the portion left behind quickened to a run; and simultaneously a thrilling cry burst from all lips, like that in honour of the war-god — eleleu! eleleu! and the running became general.


  • Western Anatolians were used to the connection between gods and illness, since the local war-god Iyarri was also the god of pestilence, and he was called “Lord of the Bow”—similar to Apollo “of the glorious bow.”

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