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centurion

[sen-too r-ee-uh n, -tyoo r-] /sɛnˈtʊər i ən, -ˈtyʊər-/
noun
1.
(in the ancient Roman army) the commander of a century.
2.
(initial capital letter) Military. any one of various British battle tanks in service from 1945 to 1967.
Origin of centurion
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English < Latin centuriōn- (stem of centuriō), equivalent to centur(ia) century + -iōn- -ion
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  • And sending for the centurion, he asked him if he were already dead.

  • The centurion sent to take him alive arrived before he expired.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • The centurion remained more than five months at Macao, where she was careened, thoroughly overhauled, and refitted.

  • My master's farm—a veteran of the first war—a centurion—the Numidians.

    The Lion's Brood Duffield Osborne
  • All hurried down to the beach, and before the evening the centurion was visible to all.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • Let us take the case of this first centurion, and see if it will tell us.

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • No answer made Ulric, and the centurion turned away his horse.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • The centurion, therefore, fired a gun to leeward in order to amuse her.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
British Dictionary definitions for centurion

centurion

/sɛnˈtjʊərɪən/
noun
1.
the officer commanding a Roman century
Word Origin
C14: from Latin centuriō, from centuriacentury
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Word Origin and History for centurion
n.

late 13c., from Latin centurionem (nominative centurio), "Roman army officer, head of a centuria" (a group of one hundred); see century.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for centurion

centurion

noun

A dependable defender; loyal soldier:Adm William Crowe, the Democrats' favorite centurion

[1990s+; the Roman officer who commanded 100 legionaries]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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centurion in the Bible

a Roman officer in command of a hundred men (Mark 15:39, 44, 45). Cornelius, the first Gentile convert, was a centurion (Acts 10:1, 22). Other centurions are mentioned in Matt. 8:5, 8, 13; Luke 7:2, 6; Acts 21:32; 22:25, 26; 23:17, 23; 24:23; 27:1, 6, 11, 31, 43; 28:16. A centurion watched the crucifixion of our Lord (Matt. 27:54; Luke 23:47), and when he saw the wonders attending it, exclaimed, "Truly this man was the Son of God." "The centurions mentioned in the New Testament are uniformly spoken of in terms of praise, whether in the Gospels or in the Acts. It is interesting to compare this with the statement of Polybius (vi. 24), that the centurions were chosen by merit, and so were men remarkable not so much for their daring courage as for their deliberation, constancy, and strength of mind.", Dr. Maclear's N. T. Hist.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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