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war cry

a cry, word, phrase, etc., shouted in charging or in rallying to attack; battle cry.
a slogan, phrase, or motto used to unite a political party, rally support for a cause, etc.
Origin of war cry
First recorded in 1740-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Formerly a war cry, and the signal for indiscriminate slaughter.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A Gallic war cry, signifying "Strike at the head—down with them."

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • The war cry of the slum was characteristic: "To hell with reform!"

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • So rings the war cry of heroes before whom the enemy quails!

    Uarda, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Screaming a war cry and brandishing a scimitar, a Tartar galloped at him.

  • The war cry which had once awakened fear across a quarter of Terra.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • He sprang to his feet and opened his mouth to let forth the war cry.

    The Border Watch Joseph A. Altsheler
  • "Ten thousand Puelches are ready to utter the war cry," said a fourth.

    The Smuggler Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Then a horrible yell, the war cry of the Apaches, burst forth.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • They shouted their war cry and tossed their lance pennons into the air.

    Jones of the 64th

    F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
British Dictionary definitions for war cry

war cry

a rallying cry used by combatants in battle
a cry, slogan, etc, used to rally support for a cause
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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