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- n. Alternative spelling of war paint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among some savage tribes, paint applied to the face and other parts of the person, according to a recognized and traditional system, as a sign that the wearer is about to engage in war. Its origin may have been an attempt to strike terror to the mind of the enemy.
- n. Hence, full dress and adornment; official costume.
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In Ecuador, the Shuar and other indigenous groups have donned war-paint and blocked highways over water rights and oil and mining plans.
Kitteh haz shrunken fish-hed neklace, a sharkskin war clowk adn fish blud war-paint.
Let the war drums begin their measure, let the war-paint meet with cheeks soaked by tears; we will not rest and we will not sleep until every war criminal is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and every ignorant religious-addict is pounded into silence by a legitimate review of all matters of faith that have a basis in matters of fact.
Every sort of face make-up signifies something, whether intended or not, and that kind of eye marking would generally match up to either a status insignia (eye markings would probably mean a lower caste or outside precisely because of the "alienising" effect) or war-paint (again because it makes the face look inhuman).
The fact that ID can't be taught in public schools (a precedent which will stand until and unless ID is accepted by science proper) doesn't smudge your war-paint one bit.
Indeed, he is almost the only man who has seen the Indians in their war-paint, and I own I think he was right in firing upon Mons.
“I shall go in my war-paint—I shall carry my tomahawk along.”
And these painted savages, smeared with war-paint, howling and posturing and triumphing over the ghastly doom of a foe, seemed not humans at all to me, but foul fiends of the black world whom it was a duty and an obligation to slay.
Ancient war condescended to ornament itself, and built fine carved castles and vaulted gates: whereas, to judge from Gibraltar and Malta, nothing can be less romantic than the modern military architecture; which sternly regards the fighting, without in the least heeding the war-paint.
The most famous account is when as a test she had to remove the top part of her clothes and paint the top half of her body and breast with the red Masai war-paint as a gesture of faith and belief to them so that they would accept her and trust her.
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