- 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 sceptred
The sceptred Julian believed in God, and had his own little superstitions.My Ten Years' Imprisonment
I have wealth and possessions and respect as great as if I were a sceptred King.Gycia
While Nature slept, Magic, sceptred with a wand, sat on her throne.Berry And Co.
The rest I don't remember; it's something about sceptred king's and beggar's dust coming to the same pass.
There the ghost of the dead empire still sat throned and sceptred.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3
John Addington Symonds
- a ceremonial staff held by a monarch as the symbol of authority
- imperial authority; sovereignty
- (tr) to invest with authority
Word Origin and History for sceptred
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.