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 Clayton, a mountain of an individual, acquits himself well with the war cry. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2021 One arresting voice comes through like a war cry, all ancient, melismatic syllables in unsettled rhythms. New York Times, 22 Oct. 2021 One of the scariest experiences involved a large pickup truck pulling dangerously close to her on Highway 17 and its driver rolling down the window to mimic a war cry. Deepa Fernandes, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2021 Hearing its metallic war cry in the open air is a privilege that makes getting wet seem totally worthwhile. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2021 His war cry went straight from our televisions and movie screens into our hearts and minds. Gustavo Arellano, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 His war cry went straight from our televisions and movie screens into our hearts and minds. Gustavo Arellano, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 His war cry went straight from our televisions and movie screens into our hearts and minds. Gustavo Arellano, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 His war cry went straight from our televisions and movie screens into our hearts and minds. Gustavo Arellano, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 28 Jun. 2022.

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