war cry


Definition of war cry

1 : a cry used by a body of fighters in war
2 : a slogan used especially to rally people to a cause

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On the commander's order, the troops would rush towards the castle, shouting a war cry. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 And from the top of the traffic signals and the walls came a wave of sound, a war cry. Rory Smith, New York Times, "In Blur of Smoke, Jeers and Then Goals, Liverpool Humbles Manchester City at Anfield," 4 Apr. 2018 Colored lights played on the stone walls, and the P.A. system issued a spooky soundtrack of galloping hoofs and war cries, evoking the battle of 1862. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Savor Puebla, a Mexican gem known for its food and sense of style," 18 Mar. 2018 Black Girl Magic was a response and war cry for not just being one way, but being messy and brilliant and understanding the ever-changing forms of the black women's body. Jordannah Elizabeth, Chicago Reader, "Mahogany L. Browne describes the making of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic," 13 Mar. 2018 Not a brave war cry, but screams of terror and madness. David Obuchowski, Longreads, "The Many Acts of Keith Gordon," 25 Jan. 2018 Trump softened Bannon’s full-on war cry a bit on Monday. Linda Feldmann, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Steve Bannon’s ‘war’ on GOP establishment could help Trump now," 19 Oct. 2017 With its biturbo assembly nestled in the fiery bosom of the V8 cylinder heads, the GT R generates 516 lb ft of torque from 1,900-5,500 rpm, accompanied by a guttural war cry and crisp, crumpling upshifts. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Mercedes-AMG GT R: A Race Car for Regular People," 6 Oct. 2017 Those words remain both a war cry of an underdog and an albatross after a dismal downturn. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "10 years later, Mark Dantonio reviving Michigan State's pride after 2016 fall," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of war cry

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of war cry

: a shouted word or sound used by fighters in battle to give each other courage or to frighten their enemy
: a phrase or saying that is used to make people support an idea, a cause, etc.

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showing courage and determination

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