scepter

A scepter is a ceremonial staff, often used by kings. With its jewels and ornamentation, a scepter is a symbol of power.

Scepter is related to a Greek verb that means to prop oneself or lean on something. That makes sense, since a scepter is something a ruler can lean on, like any other staff. However, you won't find an ordinary citizen with a scepter. If the President started carrying a scepter, people would probably get worried; it would suggest that he is thinking of himself as a king.

Definitions of scepter
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n a ceremonial or emblematic staff

Synonyms:
sceptre, verge, wand
Types:
bauble
a mock scepter carried by a court jester
Type of:
staff
a rod carried as a symbol

n the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter

Synonyms:
sceptre
Type of:
reign, sovereignty
royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

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