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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.]
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