(the) pen is mightier than the sword.

formal something that you say which means thinking and writing have more influence on people and events than the use of force or violence.

Reason is our greatest weapon against such tyrants. The pen is mightier than the sword.


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  • The pen is mightier than the sword — is a metonymic adage coined by Edward Bulwer Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy .cite book title=Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy: A Play in Five Acts. publisher=Saunders and Otley, Conduit St. location=London year=1839… …   Wikipedia

  • (the) pen is mightier than the sword — the pen is mightier than the sword formal phrase used for saying that what someone writes can have more effect than violent action Thesaurus: ways of solving problemssynonym Main entry: pen * * * the ˌpen is ˌmightier than the ˈsword idiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • the pen is mightier than the sword — ► the pen is mightier than the sword proverb writing is more effective than military power or violence. Main Entry: ↑pen …   English terms dictionary

  • the pen is mightier than the sword — Cf. CICERO De Officiis I. xxii. cedant arma togae, arms give way to persuasion. 1582 G. WHETSTONE Heptameron of Civil Discourses iii. The dashe of a Pen, is more greeuous then the counter use of a Launce. a 1712 W. KING Eagle & Robin in Poetical… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • the pen is mightier than the sword — formal used for saying that what someone writes can have more effect than violent action …   English dictionary

  • the pen is mightier than the sword — proverb writing is more effective than military power or violence …   Useful english dictionary

  • pen is mightier than the sword — The idiom the pen is mightier than the sword means that words and communication are more powerful than wars and fighting …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pen is mightier than the sword —    The idiom the pen is mightier than the sword means that words and communication are more powerful than wars and fighting.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Pen is mightier than the sword —   The idiom the pen is mightier than the sword means that words and communication are more powerful than wars and fighting …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • pen mightier than sword —    This expression means that words and communication have greater effect than war and fighting.     The treaty put an end to the hostilities the pen is mightier than the sword …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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