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[wawr-path, -pahth] /ˈwɔrˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noun, plural warpaths
[wawr-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈwɔrˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA)
the path or course taken by American Indians on a warlike expedition.
on the warpath,
  1. seeking, preparing for, or engaged in war or aggressive pursuit.
  2. in a state of anger or indignation; hostile.
1745-55, Americanism; war1 + path
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Examples for warpath
  • Regulators are on the warpath against commodities speculators.
  • Conservation groups, unsurprisingly, remain on the warpath.
  • Hunting grounds began to overlap, and the warpath often replaced the trails of migration and trade.
  • She meant, of course, if they ever went on the warpath or scalped people.
British Dictionary definitions for warpath


the route taken by North American Indians on a warlike expedition
on the warpath
  1. preparing to engage in battle
  2. (informal) in a state of anger
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Word Origin and History for warpath

1775, in reference to North American Indians, from war (n.) + path (n.).

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Idioms and Phrases with warpath
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