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brandish

Synonyms and Antonyms of brandish

to put into view in a threatening or excited manner
  • She brandished a stick at the dog.
  • brandished a petition signed by hundreds of town residents
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Synonym Discussion of brandish

swing, wave, flourish, brandish, thrash mean to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down. swing implies regular or uniform movement.
    • swing the rope back and forth
wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion.
    • waving the flag
flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement.
    • flourished the winning lottery ticket
brandish implies threatening or menacing motion.
    • brandishing a knife
thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement.
    • an infant thrashing his arms about


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