Word of the Day: Cry

cry / krī




1. to call loudly; to shout or wail

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

 from ‘Julius Caesar’ act 3, scene 1, line 270, by William Shakespeare, 1564-1616


2. to weep; to shed tears

Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014


3. to beg; implore

Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution.

Robert H. Schuller, 1926-2015


4. to utter a sound, as an animal

Any beast can cry over the misfortunes of its own child.

Sam Levenson, 1911-1980


Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Chinese Proverb


5. to demand results or action based on a stance or position on something

The dead cannot cry out for justice.

Lois McMaster Bujold, 1949-


It is too late to cry “Hold hard!” when the arrow has left the bow.

Dutch Proverb



1. a shout or scream

Culture: the cry of men in the face of their destiny.

Albert Camus, 1913-1960


2. the sound of weeping

The abandoned infant’s cry is rage, not fear.

Robert Anton Wilson, 1932-2007


3. a shout in battle

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.

Susan B. Anthony, 1820-1906


4. an expressed opinion

‘Never again’ is the rallying cry for all who believe that mankind must speak out against genocide.

Jon Corzine, 1947-


5. a bout of weeping

A good cry can be wonderful sometimes, and sadness is nothing more than love announced.

Neale Donald Walsch, 1943-


6. the call of an animal

The cry of a young raven is nothing but the natural cry of a creature, but your cry, if it be sincere, is the result of a work of grace in your heart.

Charles Spurgeon, 1834-1892


7. a clamor

Every renaissance comes to the world with a cry, the cry of the human spirit to be free.

Anne Sullivan, 1866-1936


8. a wail

Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth – look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.

Soren Kierkegaard, 1813-1855


What is so real as the cry of a child?

Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963