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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.

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  • Kitteh haz shrunken fish-hed neklace, a sharkskin war clowk adn fish blud war-paint.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • “I shall go in my war-paint—I shall carry my tomahawk along.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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