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war dance

n.
A dance performed before a battle or as a celebration after a victory, as in traditional Native American societies.

war dance

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a ceremonial dance performed before going to battle or after victory, esp by certain North American Indian peoples
2. (Dancing) a dance representing warlike action

war′ dance`


n.
(formerly among American Indians) a dance prior to going into battle or in celebration of a victory.
[1705–15, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.war dance - a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victorywar dance - a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
Translations

war dance

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war dance

ndanza di guerra
References in classic literature ?
The warriors were still some little distance away, advancing slowly, making, after the manner of their kind, a frightful din with their savage yells and the pounding of their naked feet upon the ground as they leaped up and down in a fantastic war dance.
The wild man from Borneo has just come to town,'" he sang, dancing a species of war dance about his terrified mother and scandalized tutor, and ending up by throwing his arms about the former's neck and kissing her upon either cheek.
The Hendy man never played for Wales again after performing his own "valleys" war dance ahead of Wales' 1924 encounter with New Zealand.
The next film to be screened will be War Dance, tomorrow.
Ireland ended up as the only tournament team not to have faced or performed a war dance.
The Haka is a traditional Maori war dance and is famously performed by the New Zealand rugby union team.
It was through his early efforts that there are now four non-Indian Hethushka War Dance societies in America.
Like their opponents, the Tongans start their Tongans start their matches with a war dance - the Sipi Tau.
THE husband of Strictly's Ola Jordan is doing a war dance over claims his wife has been bullying her partner.
Vunipola, England's starting No8 against Richie McCaw's world champions, has faced the Haka three times in his 10 Test appearances and views the Maori war dance as the chance to focus his mind for the battle to come.
Stavre Dzikov, then Public Prosecutor, told Nova Makedonija that the Prosecution tried to get in touch with the Tim Sebastian, the author of the book War Dance where the assassination of Gligorov is foretold, but failed to reach him.
The Tall Blacks lost the match 98-71 against the famous USA team, but not before challenging the other team with their traditional war dance.