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Sword. n.s. [sweord, Saxon; sweerd, Dutch.]

  1. A weapon used either in cutting or thrusting; the usual weapon of fights hand to hand.

    Old unhappy traitor, the sword is out
    That must destroy thee.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

    Each man took his sword, and slew all the males. Gen.

    Euryalus is the only peer that is described with a sword, which he gives to Ulysses to repair his injury. Broome.

  2. Destruction by war.

    The sword without, and terrour within. Deut. xxxii. 25.

  3. Vengeance of justice.

  4. Emblem of authority.

    This I, her sword bearer, do carry,
    For civil deed and military.
    Hudibras.

Sources: Broome, William (16) · Butler, Samuel (98) · The Bible - Deuteronomy (21) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Sword." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 4, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=9508.


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