call to arms

noun phrase

: a summons to engage in active hostilities
: a summons, invitation, or appeal to undertake a particular course of action
a political call to arms

Examples of call to arms in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The posts played out as a call to arms after OpenAI’s nonprofit board of directors fired Altman on Friday with little to no warning and vague reasoning. Trey Williams, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 One of those, university student Jackie Pham, says the media should stop conflating calls for cease-fire with a call to arms against Jews. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Nov. 2023 Pierce wrote arguably the most influential book of American white supremacist literature, a 1978 call to arms titled The Turner Diaries. Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware, Foreign Affairs, 19 Sep. 2023 For Los Angeles’ Jewish security forces, the Israel attack was a call to arms. Helen Li, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 For opponents of meat eating, this loss of diversity is a call to arms. Manvir Singh, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 El Grito will commemorate Mexican Independence with a reenactment of the Cry of Dolores and bell ringing, which recognizes the call to arms on the eve of the Mexican War of Independence. Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Most celebrations include the grito, a re-creation of Father Miguel Hidalgo’s call to arms. Norma Cavazos, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2023 Now five years after his death turned into a call to arms for Democrats and Republicans who believed in U.S. engagement abroad, McCain’s traditional Republican views of national security face their most difficult fight against the isolationist views of former president Donald Trump. Paul Kane, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of call to arms was in 1702

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“Call to arms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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