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Battle cry   /bˈætəl kraɪ/   Listen
Battle cry

A yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle.  Synonyms: rallying cry, war cry, war whoop.
A slogan used to rally support for a cause.  Synonyms: cry, rallying cry, war cry, watchword.  "Our watchword will be 'democracy'"

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"Battle cry" Quotes from Famous Books

... leaped down from their dark pavilions of cloud, and, like armed angels of light, flashed their trenchant blades among the phantom squadrons marshalling for battle on the field of the deep. I heard the bugle blast and battle cry of the charging winds, wild and exultant, and then I saw the billowy monsters rise, like an army of Titans, to scale and carry the hostile heights of heaven. Assailing again and again, as often hurled back headlong ...
— Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales • Robert L. Taylor

... had struggled desperately to break their chains while the fight was going on, and had, as soon as the contest was decided, risen to their feet and shouted the battle cry of the Order; then, overcome by their emotions, they sank down upon their benches, and remained as if in a stupor until the knights, who had hurried first to them, struck off their fetters. Then the three men grasped each other's hands, while ...
— A Knight of the White Cross • G.A. Henty

... of civilization. Whether or not the modern era was to fall under the sword, as did the democracy of Greece and the mighty Roman Empire, was again to be decided on battle grounds that for seventy centuries have devoured the generations. The mountain passes were once more to reverberate with the battle cry—the roar of guns, the clank of artillery, the tramp of soldiery. The rivers were to run crimson with the blood of men; cities were to fall before the invaders; ruin and death were to consume nations. It ...
— The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12) - The War Begins, Invasion of Belgium, Battle of the Marne • Francis J. Reynolds, Allen L. Churchill, and Francis Trevelyan

Words linked to "Battle cry" :   war cry, slogan, cry, catchword, call, shout, outcry, yell, motto, rallying cry, vociferation, shibboleth

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