Scepter Scep"ter, Sceptre Scep"tre, n. [F. sceptre, L. sceptrum, from Gr. ? a staff to lean upon, a scepter; probably akin to E. shaft. See {Shaft}, and cf. {Scape} a stem, shaft.] 1. A staff or baton borne by a sovereign, as a ceremonial badge or emblem of authority; a royal mace. [1913 Webster]

And the king held out Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. --Esther v. 2. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty; as, to assume the scepter. [1913 Webster]

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come. --Gen. xlix. 10. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • SCEPTER — (Heb. meḥoqeq, maṭṭeḥ, sheveṭ, sharviṭ), a staff symbolic of royal authority, originally conceived as power to strike down enemies (Ezek. 19:14; Ps. 110:2). Thus the Bible calls a king scepter (Gen. 49:10) or scepter bearer (Amos 1:5, 8), while… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Scepter — Scep ter, Sceptre Scep tre, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sceptered}or {Sceptred} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sceptering}or {Sceptring}.] To endow with the scepter, or emblem of authority; to invest with royal authority. [1913 Webster] To Britain s queen the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scepter — [sep′tər] n. [ME sceptre < OFr < L sceptrum < Gr skēptron, staff to lean on < base of skēptesthai, to prop oneself, lean on something < IE base * (s)kep > SHAFT] 1. a rod or staff, highly ornamented, held by rulers on ceremonial …   English World dictionary

  • Scepter — (v. gr., Ant.), 1) ein Stab; 2) bes. ein längerer, mannshoher Stab, welcher als Zeichen einer Würde u. Gewalt von Fürsten bei den Hebräern (Schebet) u. Griechen (Skeptron) getragen wurde; diese fürstlichen S. waren gewöhnlich mit Gold überzogen,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Scepter — (griech.), s. Zepter …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Scepter — Scepter, s. Zepter …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Scepter — Scêpter, S. Zepter …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • Scepter — Scepter, griech. deutsch, eigentlich Stab, bei allen indo germanischen und wahrscheinlich auch semitischen Völkern Zeichen der fürstl. u. richterlichen Würde; im Mittelalter das der Herrscherhoheit, sehr mannigfaltig verziert …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • scepter — index supremacy Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • scepter — (n.) 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 (Cf. shaft) (n.1)) …   Etymology dictionary

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