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clarion (adj) (used usually as part of the phrase, 'clarion call') (of a sound) shrill, clear, and sharp.

A shrill, clear, and sharp sound as of a trumpet, or of a bugle, is clarion sound. However, it is used invariably as part of the phrase, 'clarion call.' 'To give a clarion call' is (for a leader) to make a direct and strong request to people to do something for a common purpose.

  • The whole Indian nation awoke to the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi, appealing to them to do or die in the cause of the independence of the nation from the British rule, and to fight nonviolently for freedom. His power of truth touched the heart of the people of all classes.
  • The clarion call given by the wildlife conservationist carried a loud and clear message - caring for animals will ultimately lead to greater love for fellow human beings.
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