war paint

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n war paint cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance
    • n war paint full ceremonial regalia
    • n war paint adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Vermont it is illegal to paint landscapes in times of war.
    • War paint paint put on the face and other parts of the body by savages, as a token of going to war.
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Usage

In literature:

Four thousand warriors in war-paint.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
She was still in war paint, owner's choice, but all naval markings had been obliterated.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
They had painted their faces; they had given their war cries; they had fasted and prayed.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
I'll whistle for you to dance any time; so get on your war-paint and feathers when it pleases you.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Many of them were known to Chalmers as savages in feathers and war-paint.
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
The man was plastered with war-paint, and his befeathered head was an imposing sight.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
If I attempt to put on the war-paint, I shall make a mess of it.
"Little Folks (July 1884)" by Various
The young Huron was in his war paint, and very little of a finely moulded form was concealed by his attire.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
Of this war, almost a century in duration, filled with strange and terrible events, there is not a single memorable painting.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
A young girl in full war paint and a perfectly fitting gown stepped noiselessly out.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
I could tell that from the way you plunged at me just now, when you came through that door with your war paint on.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
The Long Arrow was in front, in full war-paint, and wearing the collar of wampum beads.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
Wolf Paw, frowning down at him angrily, was still wearing his yellow and red war paint, faded by the ride of several days.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
To put on my war-paint!
"The Continental Dragoon" by Robert Neilson Stephens
The second step is to paint his face and body to express love, fear, hate, war, or religious emotions.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
In the same defiant mood and with the same "war-paint" she had entered Judge Orcutt's court and answered his preliminary questions.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick
When I left Chillicothe four days ago the Injuns had armed and painted for the war-path and they'll be on us any moment.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
Gua-da-lon-te, or Painted-red, was the war chief.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
He was a giant in stature, wore full war paint and dress, and a belt that testified his valour.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Nor shall the war paint be forgotten.
"The Red Moccasins" by Morrison Heady
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In poetry:

I see the swarthy trappers come
From Mississippi's springs;
And war-chiefs with their painted brows,
And crests of eagle wings.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Once his people saw him painting
Red his sides and red his breast,
Said: "His soul for fight is fainting,
War-paint suits the hero best;"
"Legend Of The Canadian Robin" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Thus his ebon locks still wearing,
With the war-paint on his breast,
Still he comes, our summer sharing,
And the lands he once possessed.
"Legend Of The Canadian Robin" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Yet wars arise, though zest grows cold;
Wherefore, at whiles, as 'twere in ancient mould
He looms, bepatched with paint and lath;
But never hath he seemed the old!
"The Sick God." by Thomas Hardy
In his war paint and his beads,
Like a bison among the reeds,
In ambush the Sitting Bull
Lay with three thousand braves
Crouched in the clefts and caves,
Savage, unmerciful!
"The Revenge Of Rain-In-The-Face. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
War shall yet be, and to the end;
But war-paint shows the streaks of weather;
War yet shall be, but the warriors
Are now but operatives; War's made
Less grand than Peace,
And a singe runs through lace and feather.
"A Utilitarian View Of The Monitor's Fight" by Herman Melville

In news:

A painting by Michele Felice Corne of the battle between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812.
In a recent paper, economists Christopher Coyne and Thomas Duncan paint a dire picture of the harmful effects of the permanent war economy.
Bryce Harper's war paint in St Louis.
Bryce Harper countered the Sun Monster Monday in St Louis by making a return to the war paint he once made famous.
Niagara Does Battle with " War Paint ".
Grace Jones and Her War-Paint Blush.
The featured deal on the shopping show right now is War Paint by Jamie Thayer.
Sports anchor channels Bryce Harper's war paint.
Niagara Does Battle with "War Paint".
Syria's artists flee war-torn country, but they dream and paint of home.
Even men who skew toward the Porsche-Ferrari-Lamborghini end of the implant spectrum are secretly captivated by Corvettes —especially loud ones decked out in special war paint, like this 60th Anniversary 427.
View full size DOUG BEGHTEL/THE OREGONIAN Clackamas County gang experts say vacant buildings are prime targets for graffiti, where gangs paint their tags€ to establish territory and announce their wars.
In this undated file photo Gen George Washington leads his troops across the Delaware River in this painting by Emmanuel G Leutze, Dec 1776, during the Revolutionary War.
Steve Mumford's paintings of the war in Iraq.
Although the artist who painted this work was not at the scene, he was himself a veteran of the war.
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