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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 of scepter
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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scepter

n.

c.1300, ceptre, from Old French sceptre (12c.), from Latin sceptrum "royal staff," from Greek skeptron "staff to lean on; royal scepter;" in transferred use, "royalty," from root of skeptein "to prop or stay, lean on." Apparently a cognate with Old English sceaft (see shaft (n.1)). The verb meaning "to furnish with a scepter" is from 1520s.

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