verb (used with object)
to shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish: Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.

1275–1325; Middle English bra(u)ndisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French brandiss- (long stem of brandir, derivative of brand sword < Gmc). See brand, -ish2

brandisher, noun

1. swing, flaunt, wield, display. Unabridged
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brandish (ˈbrændɪʃ)
1.  to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way
2.  a threatening or defiant flourish
[C14: from Old French brandir, from brand sword, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brant weapon]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. brandiss-, prp. stem of brandir "to flourish (a sword)" (12c.), from brant "blade of a sword, prow of a ship," of Frankish origin (see brand). Related: Brandished; brandishing.
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Example sentences
When companies brandish maps of their conquests, trouble usually follows.
Still, in a standoff that is as much psychological as political, the winner
  will no doubt brandish the results.
Indeed, anyone inclined to argue that the state of opera singing today is
  deplorable need only brandish a tape of this concert.
Who brandish unlawful status as proof of immigrants' moral deficiency rather
  than the bankruptcy of our laws.
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