from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A song or chant raised by warriors about to engage in warfare. or at a dance or ceremony which represents actual warfare, especially among savage tribes.
  • n. A song in which military deeds are narrated or praised.


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  • On the shore at Dawson, curious ones gathered to watch the river freeze, heard from out of the darkness the war-song of Shorty:


  • And I came between, spear in hand, and singing the war-song of my people.


  • The fire was spreading rapidly through all parts of the castle, when Ulrica, who had first kindled it, appeared on a turret, in the guise of one of the ancient furies, yelling forth a war-song, such as was of yore raised on the field of battle by the scalds of the yet heathen


  • One sang a war-song, another a love-song, a third some song of the sea, whilst the fourth, an Eesa youth, with the villanous expression of face common to his tribe, gave us a rain measure, such as men chaunt during wet weather.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • Then sang on her head that seemly blade its war-song wild.

    Beowulf, translated by Francis Gummere

  • It was not long coming; the new arrivals set up the war-song, and Gidi Mavunga thought it time to make a demonstration.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • He spun them around his head, making them sing their own wild war-song as he waded towards the pygmies, slaughtering with a kind of joy I had only seen once before in my father when he had faced Gaynor's men.

    The Skrayling Tree

  • He also sang a snatch or two of what was evidently a war-song.

    The Skrayling Tree

  • He sighed, rolled over the other way, fought the blanket around him again, tried to recall the lyrics to that war-song he'd sung in the Moonstone, hoping the exercise might ease him into sleep.

    Fortress Of Frost And Fire

  • Recollection rushed in of Trohdwyr, who died on Diomedes whither she was bound; of her father on horseback, a-gallop against a windy autumn forest, and the bugle call he blew which was an immemorial Merseian war-song; of her mother cuddling her while she sang an Eriau lullaby,

    A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows


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