war dance

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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

nKriegstanz m

war dance

ndanza di guerra
References in classic literature ?
The plantation hands were dancing war-dances around the base of every tree and filling the air with abuse and vituperation of their hereditary enemies.
At uncertain times he suffers from acute attacks of the fidgets or cramp in his legs, and though he is more virtuous to behold than any of the cranes, who are all immensely respectable, he flies off into wild, cripple-stilt war-dances, half opening his wings and bobbing his bald head up and down; while for reasons best known to himself he is very careful to time his worst attacks with his nastiest remarks.
Now that you have robbed me of my land, there is nothing for me to do but issue invitations to a war-dance.