Praetorian



[pree-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /priˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/

adjective
1.
of or relating to a .
2.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to the Praetorian Guard.
noun
3.
a person having the rank of or ex-praetor.
4.
(often initial capital letter) a soldier of the Praetorian Guard.
/priːˈtɔːrɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a praetor
noun
2.
a person holding praetorian rank; a praetor or ex-praetor
/priːˈtɔːrɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Praetorian Guard
2.
(sometimes not capital) resembling the Praetorian Guard, esp with regard to corruption
noun
3.
a member of the Praetorian Guard
adj.

early 15c., from Latin praetorianus “belonging to a praetor,” from praetor (see praetor). Praetorian Guard is from cohors praetoria, the bodyguard troop of a Roman commander or emperor. Hence modern figurative use for “defenders of an existing order.”

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