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Yell (noun)

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Yell. n.s. [from the verb.] A cry of horrour.

With like tim'rous accent and dire yell,
As when, by night and negligence, the fire
Is spread in populous cities.
Shakespeare's Othello.

Hence are heard the groans of ghosts, the pains
Of sounding lashes, and of dragging chains.
The Trojan stood astonish'd at their cries,
And ask'd his guide from whence those yells arise.
Dryden.

        Others in frantick mood
Run howling through the streets; their hideous yells
Rend the dark welkin.
Philips.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Othello (60) · Philips, John (42)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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