What does the word watchword mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Thomas Whittaker