Meaning: A verb, brandish means to wave or shake something aggressively in a threatening manner.
Origin: The earliest usage dates back to the 14th century. The word has a Germanic origin. It is a descendant of the Middle English word 'braundisshen' which traces its root to the Anglo-French 'brant, a Germanic word meaning 'sword'.
Usage: The crowd went silent as the Prince brandished his sword.
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