scepter

[ sep-ter ]
/ ˈsɛp tər /

noun

a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.

verb (used with object)

to give a scepter to; invest with authority.
Also especially British, scep·tre.

Origin of scepter

1250–1300; Middle English (s)ceptre < Old French < Latin scēptrum < Greek skêptron staff; akin to shaft

Related forms

scep·ter·less, adjectivescep·tral [sep-truh l] /ˈsɛp trəl/, adjectiveun·scep·tered, adjective
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