Brandish meaning

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Brandish means to shake or wave something in a menacing way, particularly a weapon.

An example of to brandish is to twirl a sword around in the air.

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The definition of a brandish is a menacing wave of something, particularly a weapon.

An example of a brandish is the waving of a gun in the air.

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To wave or flourish (something, often a weapon) in a menacing, defiant, or excited way.
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A menacing, defiant, or excited wave or flourish of something.
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To wave, shake, or exhibit in a menacing, challenging, or exultant way; flourish.
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The act of brandishing something.
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To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.

He brandished his sword at the pirates.

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The act of flourishing or waving.
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To bear something with ostentatious show.

To brandish syllogisms.

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Origin of brandish

  • Middle English brandissen from Old French brandir brandiss- from brand sword of Germanic origin gwher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1340, from Old French brandiss-, from brandir (“to flourish a sword”) (see brand).

    From Wiktionary