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

Examples of war party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Typically, a war party would strike against traditional enemies, bringing back a few scalps and a small number of prisoners. David Graeber, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The war party made for Shawnee villages north of the Ohio River, where the girls likely would have been adopted into the tribe or held for ransom. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 After three days of pursuit, Boone and his men stole upon the war party, saved the girls and killed two of the warriors. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Around 1750, a large Ojibwe war party armed with French guns and powder attacked a Dakota village at Mille Lacs Lake (Bde Wakhang in the Dakota language) from the north. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Roughly 100 years after the war party’s attack, a Dakota entourage arrived in Mille Lacs bearing a ceremonial gift for the Ojibwe who had conquered them, a shocking kind of grace in the face of grief and loss. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Last month the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, appealed to Yemen’s warring parties to implement an immediate humanitarian cease-fire to help stave off the threat from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2020 One man shared a story about a young Native man who went on his first war party but was killed by an enemy tribe. Kevin Abourezk, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2020 Humanitarian agreement reached for key Yemeni town: Yemen's warring parties agreed to create humanitarian corridors in the key port city of Hodeida, the main entry point for food and aid in a country with the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of war party

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“War party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20party. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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