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brandish

[bran-dish] /ˈbræn dɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish:
Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
noun
2.
a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English bra(u)ndisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French brandiss- (long stem of brandir, derivative of brand sword < Gmc). See brand, -ish2
Related forms
brandisher, noun
Synonyms
1. swing, flaunt, wield, display.
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Examples for brandished
  • At one point in his talk, the lively speaker brandished an executioner's knife that was nearly used on his own neck.
  • The gun owner did not shoot the weapon but brandished it with menace.
  • In the first and third robberies, the suspects brandished a shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun.
  • During the second robbery, both suspects brandished semi-automatic handguns.
  • One of the suspects brandished a gun and took property.
  • One of the parties involved brandished a handgun and fired several shots.
  • The robber also brandished a small handgun during the robbery.
  • It is unknown whether he actually brandished a weapon.
  • He brandished a large kitchen knife during the incident.
  • Two of the robbers possessed and brandished firearms during the robbery.
British Dictionary definitions for brandished

brandish

/ˈbrændɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way
noun
2.
a threatening or defiant flourish
Derived Forms
brandisher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French brandir, from brand sword, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German brant weapon
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Word Origin and History for brandished

brandish

v.

mid-14c., from Old French brandiss-, present participle stem of brandir "to flourish (a sword)" (12c.), from brant "blade of a sword, prow of a ship," of Frankish origin (see brand (n.)). Related: Brandished; brandishing.

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