Part of speech: noun

A secret password; a rallying - cry.

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Usage examples "watchword":

  1. Nay, to make her home in the very camp, where death and ruin unto all she loved, was the watchword? - "The Bride of Fort Edward", Delia Bacon.
  2. Whatever other reform might be under discussion these were sure to receive the hardest blows; strike, and spare not, was the watchword. - "Confessions of Boyhood", John Albee.
  3. The pessimism that was for a time a watchword with certain literary groups has passed as a mode, and his true significance must be sought elsewhere. - "Schopenhauer", Thomas Whittaker.