- a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
- royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.
- to give a scepter to; invest with authority.
Origin of scepter
Examples from the Web for sceptered
Robed in his snowy ermine he stands out a sceptered hermit wrapped in his isolation.A Summer's Outing
Carter H. Harrison
It seems to me then that I would rather be a hero of a French duel than a crowned and sceptered monarch.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
In a cave, with his foot upon the corpse of a youth, sat the crowned and sceptered majesty of Death.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
On the wall above the bed hung the portrait of the late King Alsen, sceptered, official, and benevolent.Captives of the Flame
Samuel R. Delany
Hence it is among these that poverty sits enthroned—a sceptered king ruling amid disease and death.
Word Origin and History for sceptered
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.