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1. A staff held by a sovereign as an emblem of authority.
2. Ruling power or authority; sovereignty.
tr.v. scep·tered, scep·ter·ing, scep·ters
To invest with royal authority.

[Middle English sceptre, from Old French, from Latin scēptrum, from Greek skēptron.]


(ˈsɛp tər)

1. a rod or wand borne in the hand as an emblem of regal or imperial power.
2. royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty.
3. to give a scepter to; invest with authority.
Also, esp. Brit., sceptre.
[1250–1300; Middle English (s)ceptre < Old French < Latin scēptrum < Greek skêptron staff]
scep′tral (-trəl) adj.


Past participle: sceptered
Gerund: sceptering

I scepter
you scepter
he/she/it scepters
we scepter
you scepter
they scepter
I sceptered
you sceptered
he/she/it sceptered
we sceptered
you sceptered
they sceptered
Present Continuous
I am sceptering
you are sceptering
he/she/it is sceptering
we are sceptering
you are sceptering
they are sceptering
Present Perfect
I have sceptered
you have sceptered
he/she/it has sceptered
we have sceptered
you have sceptered
they have sceptered
Past Continuous
I was sceptering
you were sceptering
he/she/it was sceptering
we were sceptering
you were sceptering
they were sceptering
Past Perfect
I had sceptered
you had sceptered
he/she/it had sceptered
we had sceptered
you had sceptered
they had sceptered
I will scepter
you will scepter
he/she/it will scepter
we will scepter
you will scepter
they will scepter
Future Perfect
I will have sceptered
you will have sceptered
he/she/it will have sceptered
we will have sceptered
you will have sceptered
they will have sceptered
Future Continuous
I will be sceptering
you will be sceptering
he/she/it will be sceptering
we will be sceptering
you will be sceptering
they will be sceptering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sceptering
you have been sceptering
he/she/it has been sceptering
we have been sceptering
you have been sceptering
they have been sceptering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sceptering
you will have been sceptering
he/she/it will have been sceptering
we will have been sceptering
you will have been sceptering
they will have been sceptering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sceptering
you had been sceptering
he/she/it had been sceptering
we had been sceptering
you had been sceptering
they had been sceptering
I would scepter
you would scepter
he/she/it would scepter
we would scepter
you would scepter
they would scepter
Past Conditional
I would have sceptered
you would have sceptered
he/she/it would have sceptered
we would have sceptered
you would have sceptered
they would have sceptered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scepter - the imperial authority symbolized by a scepterscepter - the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter
sovereignty, reign - royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
2.scepter - a ceremonial or emblematic staffscepter - a ceremonial or emblematic staff  
staff - a rod carried as a symbol
bauble - a mock scepter carried by a court jester


(ˈseptə(r)) (American) scepter (ˈseptə) noun
the ornamental rod carried by a monarch on ceremonial occasions as a sign of power.
References in classic literature ?
But when they heard that Theseus had arrived in Athens, and learned what a gallant young man he was, they saw that he would not be at all the kind of a person to let them steal away his father's crown and scepter, which ought to be his own by right of inheritance.
There he sat on his magnificent throne, a dazzling crown on his head, and a scepter in his hand.
so soon retracted, had been nothing but a mockery; a mockery like his crown -- like his scepter -- like his friends -- like all that had surrounded his royal childhood, and which had abandoned his proscribed youth.
Athos was a great seigneur compared with such nobles as the king improvised by touching with his artificial scepter the parched-up trunks of the heraldic trees of the province.
Create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us, strengthen us all in Thy faith, fortify our hope, inspire us with true love one for another, arm us with unity of spirit in the righteous defense of the heritage Thou gavest to us and to our fathers, and let not the scepter of the wicked be exalted against the destiny of those Thou hast sanctified.
The King was by this time so exasperated that he picked up his scepter, which had a heavy ball, made from a sapphire, at the end of it, and threw it with all his force at General Blug.
Sternly he set himself to bring order out of disorder, and the wilfull, lawless nobles soon found to their surprise that the gentle poet had a will of iron and a hand of steel, and that he could wield a sword and scepter as skillfully as his pen.
While the husbandman shrank back from the dangerous passes, within the safer boundaries of the more ancient settlements, armies larger than those that had often disposed of the scepters of the mother countries, were seen to bury themselves in these forests, whence they rarely returned but in skeleton bands, that were haggard with care or dejected by defeat.
Scepter Partners, a direct investment and merchant banking specialist for sovereign wealth and large cap family offices, has indicated its interest in acquiring new financial services businesses as part of its planned future business development.
Launched in August in the United States, the T2 Scepter Distractible End Cleats System is used in the upper (thoracic) and lower (lumbar) part of the spine to replace collapsed, damaged or unstable vertebrae due to a fracture or a tumor, according to the company.
In "Oceans of the Mind" (published by iUniverse), a group of longtime friends chart their course with a fishing trip in mind in the Florida Keys, but the discovery of an emerald scepter changes their lives forever.
The exciting sequel to "Eye of the Pyramid", Power of the Scepter is a thrilling novel following a contemporary physicist, Dr.