from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A band of warriors engaged in fighting or raiding an enemy. Used especially of Native Americans.
  • n. A usually blatantly patriotic political party supporting a war.

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  • n. A group of people assembled to carry out a military attack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a band of warriors who raid or fight an enemy (used especially of Native Americans)
  • n. a political party that supports a war


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  • This joy, however, was soon turned to sadness and pity at the sight, new to him, of some captive Andastes, brought in by a war party to be burnt at the stake.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • While the party was preparing to start, a young Pottowattomie went to the settler's house and told him to leave it, that a war party was coming to murder them.

    Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk

  • They said they had joined a party of Pottowattomies and went with them as a war party against the settlers of Illinois.

    Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk

  • Teetonkah had still been a small boy many years before when during the Moon of the Duck Eggs, a Pawnee war party attacked his village and captured half a dozen Dakota women, who, it was rumored, later caused the smallpox epidemic in the Pawnee nation, killing countless numbers of their children.

    The Chisholms

  • Custer was ready to start by the 23d, and he was then instructed to march north to where the trail had been seen near Beaver Creek and follow it on the back track, for, being convinced that the war party had come from the Washita, I felt certain that this plan would lead directly to the villages.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • Finally I removed them — the first time I'd been clean-shaven since I rode as a bronco Apache in Mangus Colorado's spring war party back in '50 — but dug in my heels about my top-hair; I'd been bald, when I was Crown Prince of Strackenz, and looked hellish.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • Both Joakim and Sedecias, in spite of the warnings of the prophet Jeremias, allowed themselves to be misled by the war party in the nation into refusing to pay the tribute to the King of Babylon.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • They were intercepted on the way by a war party of the same perfidious Mohawks, and carried to Caughnawaga, where, after various cruelties, all three were put to death on 18 October, 1646, the head of Father Jogues being set upon the palisades of the town, and his body thrown into the Mohawk River.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Since I've seen a Welshman in a top hat leading a Zulu impi, and have myself ridden in an Apache war party in paint and breech-clout, I dare say I shouldn't have been surprised to find that Gurdana Khan, the complete Khyberie hillman, could talk the lingo of Brother Jonathan — there were some damned odd fellows about in the earlies, I can tell you.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Jogues, was captured with two white companions and several Hurons by an Iroquois war party and taken to the Mohawk town of Caughnawaga

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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