• IPA: /ˈbɹændɪʃ/

brandish (brandishes, present participle brandishing; past and past participle brandished)

  1. (transitive) To move or swing a weapon back and forth, particularly if demonstrating anger, threat or skill.
    He brandished his sword at the pirates.
    • the quivering lance which he brandished bright
    • 1906, Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman:
      Back, he spurred like a madman, shouting a curse to the sky,
      With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
      Blood-red were his spurs i' the golden noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
  2. (transitive) To bear something with ostentatious show.
    to brandish syllogisms
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352 ↗:
      Long, however, the young spark did not remain before giving it two or three shakes, by way of brandishing it
    • 2011, Jejomar C. Binay, Binay: Blame corruption on modern consumerism, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, :
      It sets the stage for cutting corners in our principles just so we can brandish a perceived badge of stature.
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brandish (plural brandishes)

  1. The act of flourishing or waving.

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