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

Examples of war cry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Another international triumph for Messi's arch rival sent the Twitter warriors into a frenzy; like coiled springs patiently waiting for the war cry that was referee Alberto Mallenco's final whistle. SI.com, "Argentina: Not Even Lionel Messi Can Turn Around Football's Greatest Underachievers," 19 June 2019 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

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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 Feb. 2020.

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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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