Definition for SWORD

SWORD, n. [Sax. sword, sweord; G. schwert; D. zwaard; Dan. sværd; Sw. svärd.]

  1. An offensive weapon worn at the aide, and used by hand either for thrusting or cutting.
  2. Figuratively, destruction by war. I will bring a sword upon you. – Lev. xxvi. Isa. li.
  3. Vengeance or justice. She quits the balance, and resigns the sword. – Dryden.
  4. Emblem of authority and power. The ruler-beareth not the sword in vain. – Rom. xiii.
  5. War; dissension. I came not to send peace but a sword. – Matth. x.
  6. Emblem of triumph and protection. The Lord … the sword of thy excellence. – Deut. xxxiii.

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