clarion call


: a strong request for something to happen
usually singular
He used his speech to sound a clarion call for affordable health care.
the leader's clarion call to action

Examples of clarion call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyoncé’s country foray is a clarion call, urging us to take part actively in the broader movement towards dismantling systemic inequities, not just listen. Kimberly Bryant, Essence, 29 Mar. 2024 His maiden speech in the House of Lords, in 1812, is still a clarion call: a rousing defense of the Luddites, who had smashed machinery that was taking over their jobs and were facing the death penalty. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 The clarion call from El Segundo, where the hackathon will take place, is less formal. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 Consequently, the Coast Guard’s clarion call fell on deaf ears. Heather A. Conley, Foreign Affairs, 24 Sep. 2019 By turns a love story, a hero’s quest and a clarion call for Aboriginal sovereignty, the narrative unspools under a sinister haze in Australia’s Northern Territory. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Since then, the Columbus Way has become the clarion call for business leaders and economic development organizations in the region. TIME, 16 Oct. 2023 Paxton’s impeachment resulted in a clarion call to hard-right conservatives who share his political ideology. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2023 Additionally, there should be a clarion call against the pernicious influence of monopoly power, a commitment to continue fighting the effects of climate change, and a promise to act on the housing crisis. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 5 Sep. 2023

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“Clarion call.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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