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  • noun Plural form of poniard.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of poniard.


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  • Their helmets and hauberks were formed of steel rings, so bright that they shone like silver; their vestures were of the gayest colours, and some of cloth of gold or silver; the sashes were twisted with silk and gold, their rich turbans were plumed and jewelled, and their sabres and poniards, of Damascene steel, were adorned with gold and gems on hilt and scabbard.

    The Talisman

  • “If those who carry pistols, and batons, and poniards,” said the page, “are not men, they are at least Amazons; and that is as formidable.”

    The Abbot

  • Britain, the guests used their knives called skenes, or the large poniards named dirks, without troubling themselves by the reflection that they might occasionally have served different or more fatal purposes.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Some of the combatants, too much crowded together to use those long weapons, had already betaken themselves to their poniards, and endeavoured to get within the sword sweep of those opposed to them.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • On their heads were straight upright caps, similar to those of the Greeks; and they carried small round targets, bows and arrows, scimitars, and poniards.

    The Talisman

  • Instruments of death, poniards, curious pistols, and disguised weapons had been flung down pell-mell among the paraphernalia of daily life; porcelain tureens, Dresden plates, translucent cups from china, old salt-cellars, comfit-boxes belonging to feudal times.

    The Magic Skin

  • My comrade is a blockhead to tell you that the gentleman is engaged in mixing poisons and wetting poniards to assassinate those who have executed his will.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Levi run through the whole city with poniards in their hands and massacre the king, the prince his son, and all the inhabitants.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • They would eat him alive, those back-biting courtiers, the kohl-painted ladies with their poisoned hairpins, the gimlet-eyed men with their ready poniards.

    Sun of Suns

  • Our most recent Shakespeare "conversation" began with "Bardolatry" on 3.9.2004 and continued with "To read or not to read" on 3.10.2004 (thanks, again, joannejacobs. com) and then with "She speaks poniards, and every word stabs" on 3.14.2004.

    Archive 2004-03-01


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