Definition of sword
- the pen is mightier than the sword
- —E. G. Bulwer-Lytton
once upon a time dueling with swords was the gentlemanly way to settle a point of honor
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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