American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority.
- n. Ruling power or authority; sovereignty.
- v. To invest with royal authority.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A staff of office of the character accepted as peculiar to royalty or independent sovereignty. Those existing, or which are represented in trustworthy works of art of former times, have usually only a decorative character, but occasionally an emblem of religious or secular character occurs: thus, scepters are sometimes tipped with a cross, or with a small orb surmounted by a cross, or with a hand in the position of benediction, or with a royal emblem, such as the fleur-de-lis of France. In heraldry a scepter is generally represented with a fleur-de-lis at the upper end, the rest of it being a staff ornamented in an arbitrary manner.
- n. Royal power or authority: as, to assume the scepter.
- To give a scepter to; invest with royal authority, or with the emblem of authority.
- n. A common name for the gold sovereign of James I. of England.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A staff or baton borne by a sovereign, as a ceremonial badge or emblem of authority; a royal mace.
- n. Hence, royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.
- v. To endow with the scepter, or emblem of authority; to invest with royal authority.
- n. a ceremonial or emblematic staff
- n. the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter
- Old French sceptre, from Latin sceptrum, from Ancient Greek σκήπτρον (skeptron) "staff, stick, baton", from σκήπτω (skepto) "to prop, to support, to lean upon a staff" (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sceptre, from Old French, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skēptron. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““I thought your scepter was the strongest, your highness.””
“Orm blasts them both with his scepter, which is powered with some sort of neural blaster, temporarily paralyzing both our heroes.”
“These artifacts clearly belonged to the emperor, especially the scepter, which is very elaborated, it's not an item you would let someone else have," Clementina Panella, the archaeologist who made the discovery, said Friday.”
“It is a sign of law and order, just as the scepter is the sign of royalty and rule.”
“A kinglet without a scepter is a flibberjig, and I'll be black and blue by to-morrow morning!”
“A scepter is a kind of staff borne by kings as an emblem of their authority.”
“She wore the whitest cotton cap with the broadest of ruffles; she was very black and very portly; and her scepter was a good-sized stick, kept to chastise small dogs and children who invaded her territory.”
“Compare as to a similar scourge of unsparing trial, Job 9: 23. it shall be no more -- the scepter, that is, the state, must necessarily then come to an end.”
“A curt response was issued by Valentinian III, who pointed out that it was not within Honoria’s power to receive the so-called scepter, since the rule of the Roman Empire belonged not to women but to men.”
“Erec wasn’t sure whether to refer to the scepter as his or his father’s.”
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