war party


Definition of war party 

1 : a group of American Indians on the warpath

2 : a usually jingoistic political party advocating or upholding a war

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The warring parties there agreed to a ceasefire last Wednesday, set to again at 12:00 a.m. Saturday, but each side accusing the other of attacking in the early hours of Saturday morning. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: The rise of socialism," 1 July 2018 Artemis has grounded Agamemnon’s naval war party on its way to Troy, and a mutinous crew is ready to kill his family, leaving the king agonizing over an impossible choice: killing his child, or seeing his family killed. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Think these movies are too gory? The Greek myths they're based on are worse," 12 July 2018 South Sudan's warring parties on Wednesday agreed to a permanent cease-fire to take effect in 72 hours, as long-suffering citizens wondered whether this latest attempt at peace would fall apart as well. Sam Mednick, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Sudanese cease-fire brings hope, skepticism for conflict's end," 28 June 2018 Despite the fighting, U.N. officials were still hoping to reach a last-minute deal between the warring parties to stop a full-scale assault of Hodeidah and its port. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Yemen Forces Push Toward Rebel-Held Port as Clash Escalates," 14 June 2018 Their response to Haftar’s deployments has so far been political, with a delegation sent to talk to warring parties. Bloomberg.com, "To Settle East-West Feud, Libya's Chief Rivals Take It South," 25 Mar. 2018 Beyond that, at least 100 humanitarian workers have been killed here since the start of the conflict, 30 in the last year alone, targeted by warring parties that think the efforts are helping their enemies. Megan Specia And Kassie Bracken, New York Times, "In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger," 30 May 2018 The rules allow warring parties to inspect goods such as food, fuel and medicines destined for civilians but not to excessively delay them. Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg.com, "Your Questions About Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis, Answered," 20 Mar. 2018 Take ending the Korean War, which is technically still going since the warring parties agreed to pause the war — not end it — in 1953. Alex Ward, Vox, "3 main takeaways from the historic North Korea-South Korea summit," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of war party

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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