PANOPLY, a complete suit of armour. The word represents the Gr. wauoirXia. (ttSs, all, and OTrXa, arms), the full armour of a hoplite or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. theshield, breastplate, helmet and greaves, together with the sword and lance. As applied to armour of a later date, " panoply " did not come into use till the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century, and was then used of the complete suits of plate-armour covering the whole body. The figurative use of the word is chielly due to the phrase 17 TrawTrXia tov 9AsolI, " the whole armour of God " (Eph. vi. 11).
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