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Loud and clear: a clarion call to resistance.
n. Music
1. A medieval trumpet with a shrill clear tone.
2. The sound of this instrument or a sound resembling it.

[Middle English clarioun, a clarion, from Old French clarion, from Medieval Latin clāriō, clāriōn-, from Latin clārus, clear; see clear.]
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1. (Instruments) a four-foot reed stop of trumpet quality on an organ
2. (Instruments) an obsolete high-pitched small-bore trumpet
3. the sound of such an instrument or any similar sound
(prenominal) clear and ringing; inspiring: a clarion call to action.
to proclaim loudly
[C14: from Medieval Latin clāriō trumpet, from Latin clārus clear]
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(ˈklær i ən)

1. clear and shrill: the trumpet's clarion call.
2. an ancient trumpet.
3. the sound of this instrument.
4. any similar sound.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin clāriō trumpet = Latin clār(us) clear + -iō -ion]
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Past participle: clarioned
Gerund: clarioning

I clarion
you clarion
he/she/it clarions
we clarion
you clarion
they clarion
I clarioned
you clarioned
he/she/it clarioned
we clarioned
you clarioned
they clarioned
Present Continuous
I am clarioning
you are clarioning
he/she/it is clarioning
we are clarioning
you are clarioning
they are clarioning
Present Perfect
I have clarioned
you have clarioned
he/she/it has clarioned
we have clarioned
you have clarioned
they have clarioned
Past Continuous
I was clarioning
you were clarioning
he/she/it was clarioning
we were clarioning
you were clarioning
they were clarioning
Past Perfect
I had clarioned
you had clarioned
he/she/it had clarioned
we had clarioned
you had clarioned
they had clarioned
I will clarion
you will clarion
he/she/it will clarion
we will clarion
you will clarion
they will clarion
Future Perfect
I will have clarioned
you will have clarioned
he/she/it will have clarioned
we will have clarioned
you will have clarioned
they will have clarioned
Future Continuous
I will be clarioning
you will be clarioning
he/she/it will be clarioning
we will be clarioning
you will be clarioning
they will be clarioning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been clarioning
you have been clarioning
he/she/it has been clarioning
we have been clarioning
you have been clarioning
they have been clarioning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been clarioning
you will have been clarioning
he/she/it will have been clarioning
we will have been clarioning
you will have been clarioning
they will have been clarioning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been clarioning
you had been clarioning
he/she/it had been clarioning
we had been clarioning
you had been clarioning
they had been clarioning
I would clarion
you would clarion
he/she/it would clarion
we would clarion
you would clarion
they would clarion
Past Conditional
I would have clarioned
you would have clarioned
he/she/it would have clarioned
we would have clarioned
you would have clarioned
they would have clarioned
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clarion - a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill toneclarion - a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
brass instrument, brass - a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
Verb1.clarion - blow the clarion
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
music - (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
play - perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
2.clarion - proclaim on, or as if on, a clarion
promulgate, exclaim, proclaim - state or announce; "`I am not a Communist,' he exclaimed"; "The King will proclaim an amnesty"
Adj.1.clarion - loud and clear; "a clarion call"
loud - characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity; "a group of loud children"; "loud thunder"; "her voice was too loud"; "loud trombones"
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A. N(toque m de) trompeta f
B. CPD clarion call Nllamada f fuerte y sonora
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n (liter)Fanfare f; a clarion call for reformein Ruf mnach Reformen; a clarion call to actionein Aufruf mzum Handeln
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References in classic literature ?
It may have been the apprehensiveness of love, the wish to meet his need for her sympathy, and the desire to see the Game face to face for wisdom's sake,--and it may have been the clarion call of adventure ringing through the narrow confines of uneventful existence; for a great daring thrilled through her, and she said, just as simply, "I will."
It comprised a variety of instruments, perhaps imperfectly adapted to one another, and played with no great skill; but yet attaining the great object for which the harmony of drum and clarion addresses itself to the multitude -- that of imparting a higher and more heroic air to the scene of life that passes before the eye.
For the five hundredth time a patient stood forward to have his repulsivenesses stroked; again those words were being droned out: "they shall lay their hands on the sick" -- when outside there rang clear as a clarion a note that enchanted my soul and tumbled thirteen worthless centuries about my ears: "Camelot WEEKLY HOSANNAH AND LITERARY VOLCANO!
"Nay, nay," said Don Quixote at this; "on that point of the bells Master Pedro is very inaccurate, for bells are not in use among the Moors; only kettledrums, and a kind of small trumpet somewhat like our clarion; to ring bells this way in Sansuena is unquestionably a great absurdity."
"Arms and the clarion for the battle, but the song of thanksgiving to the victory!" answered the liberated David.
Ringing as the note of a trumpet that sounds alarm then the foe is at the gates of a city, even so brazen was the voice of the son of Aeacus, and when the Trojans heard its clarion tones they were dismayed; the horses turned back with their chariots for they boded mischief, and their drivers were awe-struck by the steady flame which the grey-eyed goddess had kindled above the head of the great son of Peleus.
John Crook, journalist, had heard of that eminent City magnate; and it was not his fault if the City magnate had not heard of him; for in certain articles in The Clarion or The New Age Sir Leopold had been dealt with austerely.
The great actors of the day we now solemnize were illustrious by their intrepid valor no less than by their Christian graces, but the clarion of conquest has not blazoned forth their names to all the winds of heaven.
At the flourish of clarions and trumpets, they started out against each other at full gallop; and such was the superior dexterity or good fortune of the challengers, that those opposed to Bois-Guilbert, Malvoisin, and Front-de-B uf, rolled on the ground.
This was made evident, one day, when a political procession, with hundreds of flaunting banners, and drums, fifes, clarions, and cymbals, reverberating between the rows of buildings, marched all through town, and trailed its length of trampling footsteps, and most infrequent uproar, past the ordinarily quiet House of the Seven Gables.
Then strait commands that at the warlike sound Of Trumpets loud and Clarions be upreard His mighty Standard; that proud honour claim'd AZAZEL as his right, a Cherube tall: Who forthwith from the glittering Staff unfurld Th' Imperial Ensign, which full high advanc't Shon like a Meteor streaming to the Wind With Gemms and Golden lustre rich imblaz'd, Seraphic arms and Trophies: all the while Sonorous mettal blowing Martial sounds: At which the universal Host upsent A shout that tore Hells Concave, and beyond Frighted the Reign of CHAOS and old Night.
At that moment the drums suddenly rolled, and the clarions filled the air with their inspiring notes.