poniard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v poniard stab with a poniard
    • n poniard a dagger with a slender blade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Poniard A kind of dagger, -- usually a slender one with a triangular or square blade. "She speaks poniards , and every word stabs."
    • v. t Poniard To pierce with a poniard; to stab.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n poniard A stabbing-weapon; a dagger: applied to any such weapon, without reference to shape or make.
    • poniard To stab with or as with a poniard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Poniard pon′yard a small dagger for stabbing
    • v.t Poniard to stab with a poniard
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Quotations

  • Joseph Conrad
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    “The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. poignard,cf. It. pugnale, Sp. puñal,), fr. L. pugio, -onis,; probably akin to pugnus, fist, or fr. pugnus, fist, as held in the fist. See Pugnacious

Usage

In literature:

Again I view thy murderous poniard reared to strike!
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
With a cry of rage Babington let fall the poniard, and before he could regain the weapon the girl dashed away.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Perhaps the poniard was poisoned.
"Louis Philippe" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Already all the artists have drawn sword or poniard, which the three monks bless in a trice.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
The old woman put a hand into her bosom and drew out a small poniard.
"The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals" by Ann S. Stephens
For a moment his hand clutched at the hilt of his poniard, but he suddenly withdrew it.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
Take that hand from your bosom, girl; if you have a poniard there, let it stay sheathed.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
I threw the poniard aside with horror, and fell on my bed quite exhausted.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
A sudden sense of the sweetness of life stabbed Evan like a poniard.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Beneath their black bourkas glittered the sheen of their pistols and their damasked poniards.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
He deposited all these articles near the poniard of Loysik.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
To snatch a poniard from a wound in the heart is instant death to the victim.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
A page by his side carried the superb sword and poniard presented by Philip the Second.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
His poniard was lying back in the forest, where the dragon had torn it from his jaw.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
My hand trembled at times on the hilt of my poniard, and I awaited the favourable moment with a degree of impatience bordering on frenzy.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. 9" by Various
I threw the sheath away, and with the poniard cut a piece of the linen which I had left.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
Some of these bore the picture of the guillotine at top, others were headed with cross poniards.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever
He at length appeared in the street, supporting on one arm his mistress, half naked and nearly fainting, and holding a poniard between his teeth.
"Marguerite de Valois" by Alexandre Dumas
It's very well I have my 'gulley' (poniard).
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 4 of 6" by Eugène Sue
Impregnated with a subtle and rapid poison, the slightest puncture of this poniard was mortal.
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 5 of 6" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

Upon thy wrist the jessied falcon fleet,
A silver poniard chased with imageries
Hung at a buckled belt, while at thy feet
The gasping heron dies.
"The Ideal" by Madison Julius Cawein
No….horrid contrast! on that scene
The murderer reared his poniard keen;
There proudly stalked with hideous mien
The blood-stained sons of anarchy.
"On the Place de la Concorde" by Amelia Opie
But who, o'er bush, o'er stream and rock,
Rides headlong, with resistless speed,
Whose bloody poniard's frantic stroke
Drives to the leap his jaded steed;
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
Rent by the wind, a fragment huge
From the steep summit bounded:
That summit, where the Peasant's breast
Found, mid the snow, a grave of rest,
By GOLFRE'S poniard wounded.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
"Now JESU HEAR ME!" GOLFRE cried,
"HEAR ME," a faint voice mutter'd!
The BARON drew his poniard forth—
The Maiden sunk upon the earth,
And—"Save me Heav'n!" she utter'd.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
His face was pale, his eyes were wild,
His beard was dark; and near him
A stream of light was seen to glide,
Marking a poniard, crimson-dyed;
The bravest soul might fear him!
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Poniard 's Fortunes Likely Rest on Picoplatin.
Poniard's Fortunes Likely Rest on Picoplatin.
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