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Apr 20, 2011
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Words derived from musical instruments

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clarion

PRONUNCIATION:
(KLAR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Loud and clear.
noun: An ancient trumpet used as a signal in war.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin clarion- (trumpet), from clarus (clear). Earliest documented use: around 1384.

USAGE:
"'For survivors, Tullia Zevi was a clarion voice that warned against the dangers of neo-Nazism,' said Elan Steinberg."
Prominent Anti-Fascist Dies Aged 91; Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland); Jan 23, 2011.

See more usage examples of clarion in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists. -Logan Pearsall Smith, essayist (1865-1946)

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