What does hue and cry mean?

Definitions for hue and cry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry(noun)

    loud and persistent outcry from many people

    "he ignored the clamor of the crowd"


  1. hue and cry(Noun)

    The public pursuit of a felon; accompanied by shouts to warn others to give chase.

  2. hue and cry(Noun)

    A loud and persistent public clamour; especially one of protest or making some demand.

  3. Origin: From the legal phrase hu e cri.


  1. Hue and cry

    In common law, a hue and cry is a process by which bystanders are summoned to assist in the apprehension of a criminal who has been witnessed in the act of committing a crime. By the Statute of Winchester of 1285, 13 Edw. I cc. 1 and 4, it was provided that anyone, either a constable or a private citizen, who witnessed a crime shall make hue and cry, and that the hue and cry must be kept up against the fleeing criminal from town to town and from county to county, until the felon is apprehended and delivered to the sheriff. All able-bodied men, upon hearing the shouts, were obliged to assist in the pursuit of the criminal, which makes it comparable to the posse comitatus. It was moreover provided that "the whole hundred … shall be answerable" for any theft or robbery, in effect a form of collective punishment. Those who raised a hue and cry falsely were themselves guilty of a crime. In Oliver Twist, Fagin reads the Hue and Cry which was an early name of the weekly Police Gazette magazine detailing crimes and wanted people.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hue and cry in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hue and cry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Often have seen that a guy who is habitually shy and does blatantly say about the women’s lie on their face itself has more respect for them and for that matter anyone, than a person who makes all hue and cry with many people on the subject of Woman's RESPECT in the public domain or on the social media.

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Translations for hue and cry

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Geschrei, Zeter und Mordio, Zetermordio, GezeterGerman
  • ajojahtiFinnish
  • hutesium et clamorLatin
  • караул, держи вораRussian

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