war·​path | \ ˈwȯr-ˌpath How to pronounce warpath (audio) , -ˌpäth \

Definition of warpath

1 : the route taken by a party of American Indians going on a warlike expedition or to a war
2 : a hostile or combative course of action or frame of mind

Examples of warpath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even a revenge-minded Iran on the cyber warpath, working down its list of high-impact targets, hasn’t really managed to punch its way into the public consciousness. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Iran wants to hack our power grid. Can CPS Energy prevent it?," 10 Jan. 2020 The four women found in the most recent discovery are believed to have served as guardians of camp while the tribesmen were out on the warpath. Fox News, "Ancient Amazon warrior women discovered in Russia," 9 Jan. 2020 While that presents the Trump Administration an off-ramp from the warpath, a closer look at Iran’s history of responding to its enemies’ aggression suggests it’s too early to say whether this is, in fact, the end of its retaliatory moves. Joseph Hincks, Time, "Trump Says 'Iran Appears to Be Standing Down.' But History Suggests That Might Not Be So Simple," 8 Jan. 2020 Portugal's 34-year-old captain is on the warpath, though, helping his side to three valuable qualiyfing points and scoring against a 40th country in his illustrious career. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 4 Goals in Portugal's Rout of Lithuania," 10 Sep. 2019 Governments have been on the warpath against these devices, which have now been implicated in eight deaths and are accused of littering up sidewalks. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "E-Scooters are worse for the environment than many claim, study indicates," 6 Aug. 2019 The defense sniffs it out and, suddenly, a linebacker blitzes through the A-gap on a warpath to quarterback Joe Flacco. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Royce Freeman’s physicality a valuable asset in new Broncos’ offense," 22 July 2019 In response to the challenge, Musk went on the warpath this morning. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Hits Back After SEC Tries to Hold Him in Contempt," 26 Feb. 2019 Tonight: Avoid someone who is clearly on the warpath. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of warpath

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Warpath.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warpath. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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