war paint


Definition of war paint

1 : paint put on parts of the body (such as the face) by American Indians as a sign of going to war

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Examples of war paint in a Sentence

a picture of a chief dressed in a headdress and war paint She piled on the war paint.
Recent Examples on the Web There is no need to wash your makeup off with harsh chemicals anymore; Farmacy’s Clearly Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm is a natural way to wipe off your war paint at the end of each day. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2022 Because season one's events existed in a vacuum — a time loop, to be exact — that war paint was exactly the same in every single episode: electric blue, graphic eyeliner. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 20 Apr. 2022 One girl smears menstrual blood on her face like war paint; another fantasizes about giving birth, smashing her newborn's head on the rocks and force-feeding the corpse to her rivals. Sara Stewart, CNN, 8 Jan. 2022 In sci-fi color schemes, her rave-ready makeup can be used as face paint or war paint. Maggie Lange, Allure, 20 Dec. 2021 For athletic events, we were encouraged by teachers and administrators, most of whom were also white, to dress up in Native American-like gear and war paint. New York Times, 30 June 2021 For a start, there’s something inherently fortifying about slicking on a coat of war paint. April Long, Town & Country, 4 Dec. 2020 And the school has promised that no matter what, students will no longer be allowed to paint themselves red and put on war paint. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 The Super Bowl champion Chiefs had already prohibited fans from wearing headdresses or war paint amid a push for more cultural sensitivity. CBS News, 11 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of war paint

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“War paint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20paint. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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