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  • n. Plural form of tocsin.


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  • The sound of right in movement is recognizable, it does not always proceed from the trembling of excited masses; there are mad rages, there are cracked bells, all tocsins do not give out the sound of bronze.

    Les Miserables

  • He declaimed — “This is no longer the time, gentlemen, when civil discord ensanguined our public places, when the landlord, the business-man, the working-man himself, falling asleep at night, lying down to peaceful sleep, trembled lest he should be awakened suddenly by the noise of incendiary tocsins, when the most subversive doctrines audaciously sapped foundations.”

    Madame Bovary

  • All the others, harsher, seemed tocsins of terror.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge

  • The tocsins of Civil War being sounded, many of them as shown by the rosters of the various military companies formed in Roanoke and

    History of Roanoke County

  • Early in the morning they were awakened by a din of bells -- the tocsins of the sections ringing the alarm.


  • With the tocsins ringing in his ears, jangling discordantly with the servile doctrines of Paul and Luther, Calvin set to work to forge a theory that should combine liberty with order.

    The Age of the Reformation

  • Upon the flight of a criminal tocsins were sounded, and the officers of the

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

  • But when it was discovered that the King had every intention of seriously requiring the provisions to be carried out, of insisting that the grotesque cities, with their tocsins and city guards, should really come into existence, things were thrown into a far angrier confusion.

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

  • Detached engines hurried in and out of sheds and roundhouses, seeking their trains, or bunted the ponderous freight cars into switches; trundling up and down, clanking, shrieking, their bells filling the air with the clangour of tocsins.

    The Pit: A Story of Chicago

  • He stops the reign of empire, numbers the days of the mighty, breaks the oppressing dynasties, strips the beggar of his rags, the rich of his riches, silences the lyric of the enchanter, and hushes the noise of battles and the tocsins of war.

    Autobiography, sermons, addresses, and essays of Bishop L. H. Holsey, D. D.,


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