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praetorian

[pree-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /priˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a praetor.
2.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to the Praetorian Guard.
noun
3.
a person having the rank of praetor or ex-praetor.
4.
(often initial capital letter) a soldier of the Praetorian Guard.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin praetōriānus. See praetor, -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for praetorians

praetorian

/priːˈtɔːrɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a praetor
noun
2.
a person holding praetorian rank; a praetor or ex-praetor

Praetorian

/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
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Word Origin and History for praetorians

Praetorian

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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