Definition of tocsin in English:


Line breaks: toc¦sin
Pronunciation: /ˈtɒksɪn


An alarm bell or signal: he used his resignation as a tocsin to warn of the danger of dictatorship
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  • And while tocsins sounded all over Paris, the dead were carted through the Saint-Antoine district, accompanied by witnesses to the massacre shouting ‘Vengeance!’
  • Some, whether religious or liberal-humanist, have sounded the tocsin so loudly that many governments have enacted or revived laws which penalise the vilification of religion, especially Islam.
  • It is built around the word that rings like a tocsin repeatedly through the piece: materialism.


late 16th century: from Old French toquassen, from Provençal tocasenh, from tocar 'to touch' + senh 'signal bell'.

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