from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something that portends war as a cloud portends ram.


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  • The war-cloud grew dark and threatening in April, and on April 17 the


  • While the war-cloud was thickening, the English Parliament sent a delegation to Scotland to consult with the Covenanters in expectation of receiving aid.

    Sketches of the Covenanters

  • Westerner of the forum, the rostrum, and the tribune, as he stood to be inaugurated under the war-cloud in 1861.

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • The war-cloud was heavy over Europe, and great was the excitement in Berlin.

    In and Around Berlin

  • Six weeks after the war-cloud smashed over Europe a man called on me.

    With Botha in the Field

  • The shepherd again left his flock, the workman closed his shop, the plowman released his team, and the minister took leave of his people to follow the fiery war-cloud.

    Sketches of the Covenanters

  • The four stopped to look over the sea-wall, to the beach far below, across to the long stone piers forming the artificial sea basin and up to Fort Regent overhanging the town like a war-cloud.

    The Spanish Chest

  • And when the war-cloud gathered in the Southern horizon, it was there we talked of the latest news, and registered our patriotic vows.

    The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1886 Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 3, March, 1886

  • The leading Covenanters saw in the war-cloud, that which blinded eyes could not see -- the hand of the Lord lifted up against the nation.

    Sketches of the Covenanters

  • In times of peace, when the demand for men was gauged by those every-day factors, sickness, death and desertion, it dwindled, if it did not altogether die away; but given a war-cloud on the near horizon and the cry for men swelled, as many-voiced as there were keels in the fleet, to a sudden clamour of formidable proportions -- a clamour that only the most strenuous and unremitting exertions could in any measure appease.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore


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