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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.
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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
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war′ dance`


n.
(formerly among American Indians) a dance prior to going into battle or in celebration of a victory.
[1705–15, Amer.]
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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
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Translations

war dance

nKriegstanz m
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war dance

ndanza di guerra
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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 haka is a type of ancient Maori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield to deter the enemy.
The Maori performed the 'Haka' war dance on Friday as a tribute to Pakistani national Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem who were among those killed in the New Zealand mosque attacks a week ago.
CHRISTCHURCH -- The Maori performed the 'Haka' war dance on Friday as a tribute to Pakistani national Naeem Rashid and his son Talha Naeem who were among those killed in the New Zealand mosque attacks a week ago.
Christchurch -- New Zealanders are gathering to thump chests, stomp feet and stick out their tongues -- staging impromptu performances of the haka war dance to show solidarity with a Muslim community shattered by the mass shooting in Christchurch.
Traditionally seen as a war dance, the performances send out a defiant message in the face of such evil.
Wrapped in pink and purple flower petals, high school band members performed a K-Pop number, while another group used papier-mache spears and shields in their Igorot war dance. Sunflowers were a recurring theme in the performers' costumes, as were daisies and roses.
William was doing the war dance with his tongue hanging out and pulling the face just like you see on the rugby.
Crowds will be treated to the All Black haka, South Africa's Zulu war dance and other traditional dances.
Organised by Radio1 DJ Emma B and her pal, author Jane Owen, the annual War Dance in aid of the War Child charity will be hosted by Vernon Kay and Sara Cox, and will include sets from Kosheen, Dirty Vegas and Jon Carter.