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brandish

bran·dish

brandish

 
 
pronunciation:
braen dihsh
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: brandished, brandishes, brandishing
definition 1: to wave or shake (something such as a weapon) in a threatening or agitated manner.
They stormed into the bank brandishing their guns.The protesters chanted and brandished their placards.
similar words:
flourish, shake
definition 2: to display in a showy or aggressive manner; flaunt.
He strode into the room brandishing a new medal on his uniform.
similar words:
flaunt, flourish
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part of speech: noun
definition: a threatening or defiant motion, as with a weapon.
With a brandish of his sword, he rode off.
similar words:
flourish
derivation: brandisher (n.)