war cry


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n war cry a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
    • n war cry a slogan used to rally support for a cause "a cry to arms","our watchword will be `democracy'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • War cry a cry or signal used in war; as, the Indian war cry .
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.”


In literature:

Sympathy for France was well rooted out of Savannah then, and the cry of the city was for war.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Then he raised his rifle slowly over his head in greeting and the four childish voices rang out in the war-cry.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Menelaus and Agamemnon now raised the war-cry, which was unanimously responded to from one end of Greece to the other.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
It hissed its war-cry.
"The Book of Nature Myths" by Florence Holbrook
From the first the war-hawks had cried, "On to Canada," for their hope of conquest was undisguised.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
It was the war cry of the Navajoes!
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
At sight of the ravages of war Joyce gave a little cry of amazement.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Yet all her many parties cried for war.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The wattled walls hurled back a deafening chorus of war cries.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
Flourishing his tomahawk above his head, he uttered his war cry, and rushed desperately towards us.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Gwin lifts his hand—the nations halt;
`Prepare for war!' he cries—
Gordred appears!—his frowning brow
Troubles our northern skies.
"Gwin King of Norway" by William Blake
'Tis freedom's birthday--blood-bought boon!
O war-rent flag! O soldier-shroud!
Thine be the glory--nor too soon
Is heard your "Cry aloud!"
"“The Liberty Bells”" by Mary Baker Eddy
Died with the prayer for England, as he died,
In vain we might have cried!
But this one pillar rose, and bore the war
Upon himself alone;
Supreme o'er Fortune and her idle star.
"Torres Vedras" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Now tell us what 'twas all about,
Young Peterkin he cries,
And little Wilhelmine looks up
With wonder-waiting eyes;
Now tell us all about the war,
And what they kill'd each other for.
"The Battle Of Blenheim" by Robert Southey
"Now tell us what 'twas all about,"
Young Peterkin, he cries;
And little Wilhelmine looks up
With wonder-waiting eyes;
"Now tell us all about the war,
And what they fought each other for."
"After Blenheim" by Robert Southey
"It's eighteen years," I cried. "You must come no more."
"We know your names. We know that you are the dead.
Must you march forever from France and the last, blind war?"
"Fool! From the next!" they said.
"1936" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Ilan Pappé rode to fame by bashing Israel, repeatedly accusing the Jewish state of war crimes and crying oppression when academics actually looked at his evidence and found it lacking.
All we got out of the "Mommy Wars" furor this week was a self-serving martyrdom competition, which is a crying shame.
Risking his life to film the systematic murder of his fellow countrymen during the civil war, Sorious Samura describes in Cry Freetown , (On CNN Perspectives.
Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.
Krugman's War Cry Won't Avert Depression.
Paul Krugman sounded the war cry this Sunday on Fareed Zakaria's program Global Public Square.
Syracuse Stage's Premiere of 'Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo' draws on first-hand accounts from survivors of 1990s war in Africa.
Response to a cry for help during World War II.
Syracuse Stage's Premiere of ' Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo' draws on first-hand accounts from survivors of 1990s war in Africa.
While it's a far cry from the heady days of the real estate bubble, the revival of home bidding wars in some parts of the country spells opportunity for sellers.
The war's battle cry, along with almost everything else about it, has been forgotten for far too long.
War Cry Represented by First Winner.
War Cry, an 8-year-old half brother to successful stallion.
We demand it, cry over it, have waged wars in other countries and even killed ourselves for it.
Cry for Vengeance Gets Us Unholy War.