broad seal

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broad seal (plural broad seals)

  1. The public seal of a nation, especially the British Great Seal of the Realm; supreme authority.
    • 1613, John Marston, William Barksted, The Insatiate Countess, III.3:
      Faith, if we were disposed, we might sin as safe as if we had the broad seal to warrant it; but that night's work will stick by me this forty weeks.

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