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scepter

[sep-ter] /ˈsɛp tər/
noun
1.
a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
2.
royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.
verb (used with object)
3.
to give a scepter to; invest with authority.
Also, especially British, sceptre.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (s)ceptre < Old French < Latin scēptrum < Greek skêptron staff; akin to shaft
Related forms
scepterless, adjective
sceptral
[sep-truh l] /ˈsɛp trəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unsceptered, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sceptral
scepter
c.1300, from O.Fr. sceptre, from L. sceptrum, from Gk. skeptron "staff," from root of skeptesthai "to prop oneself." Cognate with O.E. sceaft (see shaft).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for sceptral

scepter

ornamented rod or staff borne by rulers on ceremonial occasions as an emblem of authority and sovereignty. The primeval symbol of the staff was familiar to the Greeks and Romans and to the Germanic tribes in various forms (baculus, "long staff"; sceptrum, "short staff") and had various significances. The staff of command belonged to God as well as to the earthly ruler; there were the old man's staff, the messenger's wand, the shepherd's crook, and, derived from it, the bishop's, and so on.

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