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fiery cross

a burning cross, the rallying symbol of ancient Scotland and later of the Highlanders in case of war; later adopted by other organizations, including the Ku Klux Klan.
Also called fire cross. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The fiery cross will be speeding from Badenoch to the Braes of Balwhidder.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • It occurs to me that a chapter now and then might see the light in the "fiery cross."

    Demos George Gissing
  • And there was the 'Tocsin,' a weekly paper like the 'fiery cross.'

    Demos George Gissing
  • The 'fiery cross' and the 'Tocsin' commented on the event in their respective ways.

    Demos George Gissing
  • The ritual or religious ceremony with which the fiery cross was made.

  • This, when you can see it, is our fiery cross—that is, Hugh John's and mine.

    Sweethearts at Home S. R. Crockett
  • Where the cube had been was now a tremendous, fiery cross—a cross inverted.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • fiery cross: a cross, the ends of which had been fired and then extinguished in blood.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
  • The sheriff approached a masked Klansman who carried a fiery cross.

  • King's son and heir is he, as that token of the fiery cross shows.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for fiery cross

fiery cross

a burning cross, used as a symbol by the Ku Klux Klan
a wooden cross with ends charred or dipped in blood formerly used by Scottish Highlanders to summon the clans to battle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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