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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a picture of a chief dressed in a headdress and war paint She piled on the war paint.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 And that has led to a tradition of white students dressing up as the Native mascot and others painting themselves red and putting on war paint to attend games. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Sep. 2020 Sorry, that won’t work either: Some Washington fans would see it as an invitation to continue dressing up as play Indians — more white guys in war paint. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, 9 July 2020 There was something ceremonious about drinking that SlimFast, like putting on war paint. Ottessa Moshfegh, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020 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. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2019 Bindis, feathered headpieces, dashikis, war paint: Coachella street style is mired in cultural appropriation. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of war paint

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of war paint was in 1826

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“War paint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20paint. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of war paint

: paint put on the face, the arms, etc., by Native Americans before going into battle

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