Definition for SCEP'TER

SCEP'TER, n. [Fr. sceptre; L. sceptrum; Gr. σκηπτρον, from σκηπτω, to send or thrust; coinciding with L. scipio, that is a shoot or rod.]

  1. A staff or batoon borne by kings on solemn occasions, as a badge of authority. Hence,
  2. The appropriate ensign of royalty; an ensign of higher antiquity than the crown. Hence,
  3. Royal power or authority; as, to assume the scepter. The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, till Shiloh come. – Gen. xlii.
  4. A constellation.

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