Origin of tocsin
Examples from the Web for tocsin
Contemporary Examples of tocsin
Come on, stand up, brother, father, toll the tocsin [alarm bell]!Ukraine Separatists' Pro-Putin Raps
June 23, 2014
Historical Examples of tocsin
Ding-ding-ding-ding it went, a tocsin summoning the assistance of all true sons of Mother Church.The Snare
For a quarter of a century she was the lone watcher on the heights to sound the tocsin of freedom.
There was also a big powerful iron sea-tug, the Tocsin, that promised to make better weather of it than any of the others.The Seiners
James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
His demand for immediate emancipation fell like a tocsin upon the ears of slaveholders.
When the tocsin rings and the men disappear they simply go on.The Living Present
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Word Origin for tocsin
"alarm bell," 1580s, from Middle French toquassen "an alarm bell, the ringing of an alarm bell" (late 14c.), from Old Provençal tocasenh, from tocar "to strike" (from Vulgar Latin *toccare "strike a bell;" see touch) + senh "bell, bell note," from Late Latin signum "bell, ringing of a bell," in Latin "mark, signal." The current English spelling is from 1794, adopted from modern French.