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SCEP'TER, noun [Latin sceptrum; Gr. from to send or thrust; coinciding with Latin 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. Genesis 49:1.

4. A constellation.

SCEP'TER, verb transitive To invest with royal authority, or with the ensign of authority.