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war party

  1. U.S. History. a group of American Indians prepared for war.
  2. any political party or group that advocates war.
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Origin of war party

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for war party

Historical Examples

  • There were no two opinions in the council: let the Oneidas join us with their war-party, by all means.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The old chief at Horican, your father, was the great captain of our war-party.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • These were signs that the war-party had been successful and that pale-faces had been the sufferers.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • Two Arrows told Sile they was a war-party, and if that's so, they must have been licked somewhere.

    Two Arrows

    William O. Stoddard

  • In one place he saw a war-party stealing on the camp of their enemies.