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[sep-ter] /ˈsɛp tər/
noun, verb (used with object), sceptred, sceptring. Chiefly British
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Examples from the web for sceptre
  • If he tries it his sceptre will be taken away and a new dynasty established elsewhere.
  • Your humble servant will be well pleased to hand over the sceptre and subside.
  • He held out his sceptre to her, showing that he accepted her visit.
  • The sceptre and orb were presented, then returned to attendants.
British Dictionary definitions for sceptre


a ceremonial staff held by a monarch as the symbol of authority
imperial authority; sovereignty
(transitive) to invest with authority
Derived Forms
sceptred, (US) sceptered, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French sceptre, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skeptron staff
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Word Origin and History for sceptre

chiefly British English spelling of scepter (q.v.); for spelling, see -re. Related: Sceptred.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sceptre in Technology

Designing and analysing circuits.
["SCEPTRE: A Computer Program for Circuit and Systems Analysis", J.C. Bowers et al, P-H 1971].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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sceptre in the Bible

(Heb. shebet = Gr. skeptron), properly a staff or rod. As a symbol of authority, the use of the sceptre originated in the idea that the ruler was as a shepherd of his people (Gen. 49:10; Num. 24:17; Ps. 45:6; Isa. 14:5). There is no example on record of a sceptre having ever been actually handled by a Jewish king.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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