war cry

noun

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

Examples of war cry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His war cry went straight from our televisions and movie screens into our hearts and minds. Gustavo Arellano, Star Tribune, "Why do so many Mexican Americans defend 'Speedy Gonzales'?," 19 Mar. 2021 His war cry went straight from our televisions and movie screens into our hearts and minds. Gustavo Arellano, Star Tribune, "Why do so many Mexican Americans defend 'Speedy Gonzales'?," 19 Mar. 2021 His war cry went straight from our televisions and movie screens into our hearts and minds. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Why do so many Mexican Americans defend Speedy Gonzales?," 17 Mar. 2021 From the looks of the teaser trailer, there's plenty of stunning scenery and banter between the two friends — as well as the occasional war cry. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish hit the road for travel docuseries Men in Kilts," 10 June 2020 Cheering on your own isn't as good as cheering with a friend, and that's not as good as cheering in a large crowd chanting war cries. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Humans are terrible at being apart. Here's why and what to do about it," 2 Apr. 2020 Did maclunkey amount to a war cry or a plea for Han not to shoot? Alex Horton, Washington Post, "The Han and Greedo shooting scene changed again (and probably not the way you wanted)," 13 Nov. 2019 In looking back on her past roles, actress Lucy Lawless, who starred in the fantasy series for nearly six years starting in 1995, revisited that war cry during her appearance on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Lucy Lawless explains — and demonstrates — how she came up with Xena’s war cry," 31 Aug. 2019 Breaking up the tech giants is a satisfying war cry—but probably futile. The Economist, "What open-source culture can teach tech titans and their critics," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of war cry

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“War cry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20cry. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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war cry

noun

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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