from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rallying cry uttered in combat, especially while attacking.
  • n. A slogan used by the proponents of a cause.

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  • n. An exclamation troops yell out when going to war or battle.
  • n. By extension, a strong motto or purpose statement, especially in regards to winning a goal in sports, games or work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a slogan used to rally support for a cause
  • n. a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle


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  • My initials, A.A.O., deliberately evoked a Japanese expression that is more or less pronounced “ei-ei-oh,” an ancient battle cry that soldiers would shout three times in a row to get amped up—a Japanese version of “rah, rah, rah!”

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  • They called themselves the Righteous Harmonious Fists and their battle cry was 'Protect the Ch'ing and kill all foreign devils!'

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  • It has been the battle cry of Muslim warriors down the centuries.

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  • In the following year, encouraged by the increase in the sense of national unity due above all to the growth of German commerce and industry, he effected the financial and economic-political reform, his battle cry being: "Protection for German Labour!"

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • It was immediately followed by the trilling battle cry of the Thrakians.

    Lord of the Silver Bow

  • A ululating battle cry began from the enemy ranks, and they broke into a charge toward the Trojan lines.

    Shield of Thunder


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