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battle cry
▪ "Power to the people!" was their battle cry.
▪ And we bear the glorious stars for the Union and the right, Shouting the battle cry of Freedom!
▪ Her parting gesture, almost a battle cry.
▪ His battle cry was echoed by Baal and Set, as they hurtled forward in his wake.
▪ She heard his cry, perhaps the battle cry of his northern forefathers when they prepared to attack.
▪ The new battle cry was: Year-Round Casual.
▪ Their battle cry at the moment is: To know synchronized swimming is to love synchronized swimming.
▪ They let off a battle cry.
▪ We are springing to the call of our brothers gone before, Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.
battle cry

n. 1 (context military English) An exclamation troops yell out when going to war or battle. 2 (context idiomatic English) By extension, a strong motto or purpose statement, especially in regards to winning a goal in sports, games or work.

battle cry
  1. n. a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle [syn: war cry, war whoop, rallying cry]

  2. a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'" [syn: war cry, rallying cry, cry, watchword]

Battle cry

A battle cry is a yell or chant taken up in battle, usually by members of the same combatant group. Battle cries are not necessarily articulate, although they often aim to invoke patriotic or religious sentiment. Their purpose is a combination of arousing aggression and esprit de corps on one's own side and causing intimidation on the hostile side. Battle cries are a universal form of display behaviour (i.e., threat display) aiming at competitive advantage, ideally by overstating one's own aggressive potential to a point where the enemy prefers to avoid confrontation altogether and opts to flee. In order to overstate one's potential for aggression, battle cries need to be as loud as possible, and have historically often been amplified by acoustic devices such as horns, drums, conches, carnyxes, bagpipes, bugles, etc. (see also martial music).

Battle cries are closely related to other behavioral patterns of human aggression, such as war dances and taunting, performed during the "warming up" phase preceding the escalation of physical violence. From the Middle Ages, many cries appeared on standards and were adopted as mottoes, an example being the motto " Dieu et mon droit" ("God and my right") of the English kings. It is said that this was Edward III's rallying cry during the Battle of Crécy. The word " slogan" originally derives from sluagh-gairm or sluagh-ghairm (sluagh = "people", "army", and gairm = "call", "proclamation"), the Scottish Gaelic word for "gathering-cry" and in times of war for "battle-cry". The Gaelic word was borrowed into English as slughorn, sluggorne, "slogum", and slogan.

Battle Cry (game)

Battle Cry is a board wargame based on the American Civil War, designed by Richard Borg and published by Avalon Hill in 2000.

Battle cry (disambiguation)

A battle cry is a yell or chant taken up in battle.

Battle Cry may also refer to:

In music:

  • Battle Cry (album), the debut album of American heavy metal band Omen
  • Battlecry (Two Steps from Hell album), a 2015 album by the band Two Steps from Hell
  • Battle Cry: Worship from the Frontlines, a 2005 album by Christian singer Michael Gungor
  • "Battle Cry" (Havana Brown song), 2015
  • "Battle Cry" (Imagine Dragons song), 2014
  • "Battle Cry" (Shontelle song), 2009
  • "Battle Cry", a rap song by Army of the Pharaohs
  • " Battle Cry (Angel Haze and Sia song)" a 2014 song from the album Dirty Gold
  • "Battlecry", opening theme song of the anime Samurai Champloo
  • "Battle Cry", a song from the 2014 Judas Priest album Redeemer of Souls and the title of the Judas Priest Live album released in March 2016.


  • Battle Cry (Leon Uris novel), published in 1953
  • Battle Cry, a novel by American writer John Barnes


  • BattleCry (video game), an upcoming video game
  • BattleCry Studios, a video game developer
  • Battle Cry (game), an Avalon Hill board game based on the American Civil War
  • Battle Cry (Milton Bradley game), a 1961 board game
  • Robotech: Battlecry, a 2002 video game

Other uses:

  • Battle Cry (film), a 1955 film starring Van Heflin, based on the Leon Uris novel
  • Battle Cry Campaign, an initiative of the parachurch organization Teen Mania Ministries, primarily ministering to US teenagers
  • Battlecry (racehorse), 16th place finisher in the 2009 Grand National
Battle Cry (Milton Bradley game)

Battle Cry is a popular grand strategic American Civil War board game produced by the Milton Bradley Company as part of their popular American Heritage series.

Originally published in 1961, Battle Cry was reprinted in the 1970s. The game was part of a series of four titles (a fifth was added in 1975) printed in the early 1960s to tap into the growing interest in historical games, including wargaming. Battle Cry was introduced in 1961 to coincide with the centennial of the Civil War, and proved to be a popular seller for several years.

Battle Cry (Uris novel)

Battle Cry is a novel by American writer Leon Uris, published in 1953. Many of the events in the book are based on Uris's own World War II experience with the 6th Marine Regiment. The story is largely told in first person from the viewpoint of the Battalion Communications Chief, "Mac," although it frequently shifts to third person in scenes where Mac is not personally present.

The characters in the book come from a variety of backgrounds, and cover a broad range of American archetypes. The interaction of the characters as they learn to put aside their prejudices and biases to bond, developing esprit de corps, is a primary theme of the novel.

  • "Mac": A Master Tech Sergeant, a career Marine with 30 years of service in the Corps, and the Battalion Communications Chief. He gives his name only as "Mac." He is the book's primary narrator and provides much of the old hand viewpoint of the story, also providing perspective on changes in the Marine Corps during the war.
  • Daniel "Danny" Forester: An All-American boy from Baltimore. While the book does not have one central character, the story tends to focus on Danny more than anyone else. He leaves high school before graduation and gives up a scholarship to Georgia Tech to join the Marine Corps when the war breaks out; goes through Boot Camp and becomes a member of 2nd Battalion's radio squad.
  • Lamont Quincy "L.Q." Jones: The unit's clown, from Los Angeles. He goes through Boot Camp with Danny and is assigned to the radio squad.
  • Constantine "Ski" Zvonski: A street youth from Philadelphia, from a Polish immigrant family. He also goes though Boot Camp with Danny and LQ, and is assigned to the radio squad.
  • Marion "Sister Mary" Hodgekiss: A small town boy and the unit's intellectual, with a fondness for classical music and poetry, particularly Shakespeare. Aspires to be a writer. A member of the radio squad.
  • Cyril "Seabags" Brown: A farm boy from Iowa who refers to everybody as "Cousin." A member of the radio squad.
  • Mortimer "Speedy" Gray: A cowboy type from Texas. A member of the radio squad. The most openly racist character in the unit. His attitude toward certain other men, particularly Pedro Rojas and Jake Levin, is the source of significant interpersonal conflict.
  • Andrew "Andy" Hookans: A lumberjack from Washington, the "big dumb swede." A member of the radio squad.
  • Shining Lighttower: A Navajo Native American. Lighttower occasionally plays on the Indian stereotype, talking in native pidgin and asking if he could go home to "the reservation." A member of the radio squad.
  • Joseph "Spanish Joe" Gomez: A Hispanic American, the radio squad's troublemaker and slacker.
  • Jacob "Jake" Levin: A replacement from Brooklyn who joins the radio squad after Guadalcanal.
  • Pedro Rojas: A Navy hospital corpsman assigned to Headquarter's Company. From Texas, the son of Mexican migrant laborers. He is a Pharmacist's Mate who dreams of becoming a doctor.
  • Major Samuel "Highpockets" Huxley: The Battalion Commander.
  • Ziltch: The Battalion Commander's orderly.
  • Marine Gunner Jack Keats: Another old hand and the Battalion Communications Officer.
  • Captain Max Shapiro: Company Commander of Fox Company.
  • First Lieutenant Bryce: Headquarter's Company commander.
  • Staff Sergeant Burnside: Another old hand, squad leader of the radio squad.
  • Gunnery Sergeant McQuade: Another old hand in the Corps, Company Gunnery Sergeant for Fox Company and friend of Mac and Burnside.
  • First Sergeant Pucchi: Another old hand and the Headquarters Company First Sergeant.
  • Milton "Professor" Norton: A fellow recruit at Boot Camp, Norton was an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania prior to joining the Marines. He later volunteers as a Pioneer.
  • Corporal "Tex" Whitlock: The drill instructor at Boot Camp.
  • Platoon Sergeant Beller: The platoon leader at Boot Camp.
  • Theodore "Ted" Dwyer: Another recruit at Boot Camp.
  • Shannon O'Hearne: Another recruit at Boot Camp, a troublemaker. Later becomes a rifle range instructor.
  • Kathleen "Kathy" Walker: Danny's high school sweetheart.
  • Elaine Yarbourough: An older woman Danny has an affair with, the wife of a Navy officer.
  • Susan: Ski's girlfriend.
  • Rae: A woman that Hodgekiss falls in love with.
  • Pat Rogers: A New Zealand woman that Andy falls in love with.

The book tells the story of how this diverse group came together to form an effective team, as well as describing the battles they fought in, including the Battle of Guadalcanal, Tarawa and the Battle of Saipan. Also described is their boot camp experiences in San Diego and their two assignments to US Marine camps in New Zealand, the first time for preparatory training for the Battle of Guadalcanal and then back again for rest and recovery before the Tarawa campaign. Their experiences in New Zealand reveal the very different cultures of the two allies, and how much the young marines enjoyed the hospitality of the local people, in spite of being what has been called a 'friendly invasion'.

The film version of this novel was made in 1955, directed by Raoul Walsh and written by Uris. The film stars Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter and Fess Parker

Battle Cry (film)

Battle Cry is a 1955 CinemaScope film, starring Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, James Whitmore, Tab Hunter, Anne Francis, Dorothy Malone, Raymond Massey, and Mona Freeman. The movie is based on the novel by former Marine Leon Uris, who also wrote the screenplay, and was produced and directed by Raoul Walsh. The film was shot at Camp Pendleton, California and featured a large amount of cooperation from the United States Marine Corps.

Battle Cry (Shontelle song)

"Battle Cry" is the third and final single released by Barbadian singer Shontelle from her album Shontelligence (2008). It was the third single taken from the album following " T-Shirt" and " Stuck with Each Other". The song was sent to radio as the third single in the US on June 9, 2009 and was released in the UK as a digital single bundle on August 10, 2009.

Battle Cry (album)

Battle Cry is the debut album of the American heavy metal band Omen. It was originally released in 1984 by Metal Blade. In 2005 Metal Blade re-released Battle Cry on Picture LP format, limited to 500 copies and including two bonus tracks.

Battle Cry (Imagine Dragons song)

"Battle Cry" is a song written and performed by Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, Dan Reynolds and Wayne Sermon of American alternative rock band Imagine Dragons. It was released on June 2, 2014 as a single promoting Transformers: Age of Extinction a 2014 science fiction action film based on the Transformers franchise. It is notable for being the first theme song in the Transformers film franchise not to be performed by Linkin Park, though the latter's " Until It's Gone" is included on the accompanying video game. The song was later included on the Super Deluxe Edition of the band's second studio album, Smoke + Mirrors (2015).

Battle Cry (Angel Haze song)

"Battle Cry" is a song recorded by American rapper Angel Haze. It released as the second single from Haze's debut album Dirty Gold, on January 9, 2014 The song, produced by Greg Kurstin, features guest vocals from Australian singer-songwriter Sia.

Battle Cry (Havana Brown song)

"Battle Cry" is a song by Australian DJ and recording artist Havana Brown featuring Bebe Rexha and Savi. The song was released as a single on 24 July 2015 and debuted on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number 59 for the week commencing 17 August 2015.

Usage examples of "battle cry".

From the boy's open mouth issued the battle cry of the King-Emperor's Battalion.

It was a horrid, savage and appropriate battle cry for the Real Companï.

Like the rathorn battle cry, it began with a shriek, then abruptly deepened into a roar that made cups on a nearby table rattle Before it hit the second, deeper note, it was joined by the howl of Danior's horn and a moment later by those of the other seven houses as the alarm spread.

Now a new tone filled the spider creature's battle cry, a sharper edge, anger and pain mixed in one terrible sound that scraped and screeched along the edges of the corridor.

The blade glints and where light flashes Lightning turns the sky white and in the place of thunder he hears a hoarse, gleeful battle cry as the ground begins to shake 'Ai, God!

Shrieking a final battle cry to Tempus, the axeman lashed out with religious fervor.