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 for Scepter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scepter \Scep"ter\, Sceptre \Scep"tre\, n. [F. sceptre, L.
     sceptrum, from Gr. ? a staff to lean upon, a scepter;
     probably akin to E. shaft. See Shaft, and cf. Scape a
     stem, shaft.]
     1. A staff or baton borne by a sovereign, as a ceremonial
        badge or emblem of authority; a royal mace.
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              And the king held out Esther the golden scepter that
              was in his hand.                      --Esther v. 2.
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     2. Hence, royal or imperial power or authority; sovereignty;
        as, to assume the scepter.
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              The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a
              lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come.
                                                    --Gen. xlix.
                                                    10.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scepter \Scep"ter\, Sceptre \Scep"tre\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Scepteredor Sceptred (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Scepteringor
     Sceptring.]
     To endow with the scepter, or emblem of authority; to invest
     with royal authority.
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           To Britain's queen the sceptered suppliant bends.
                                                    --Tickell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scepter
      n 1: the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter [syn:
           scepter, sceptre]
      2: a ceremonial or emblematic staff [syn: scepter, sceptre,
         verge, wand]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "scepter":
     baton, caduceus, cap of dignity, cap of maintenance,
     chain of office, coronet, crook, crosier, cross-staff, crown,
     diadem, ermine, fasces, gavel, great seal, mace, mantle, orb,
     portfolio, privy seal, purple, purple pall, regalia, robe of state,
     rod, rod of empire, rod of office, royal crown, seal, signet,
     staff, tiara, triple plume, truncheon, uraeus, wand,
     wand of office
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  SCEPTER, n.  A king's staff of office, the sign and symbol of his
  authority.  It was originally a mace with which the sovereign
  admonished his jester and vetoed ministerial measures by breaking the
  bones of their proponents.
  

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