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badge: device, emblem, or mark on a piece of cloth or of silver used to identify a knight or distinguish his followers 1H6 IV. i. 177 “he wears the badge of Somerset,” Lucr. 1054; (hence) token, symbol Mer.V. I. iii. 111, 2H4 IV. iii. 114 “the badge of pusillanimity,” Sonn. xliv. 14; so badged (fig.) Mac. II. iii. 109 “badg'd with blood” (applied to Duncan's ‘grooms’).
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