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custos morum

[koo s-tohs moh-roo m; English kuhs-tos mawr-uh m, mohr-] /ˈkʊs toʊs ˈmoʊ rʊm; English ˈkʌs tɒs ˈmɔr əm, ˈmoʊr-/
noun, plural custodes morum
[koo s-toh-des moh-roo m; English kuh-stoh-deez mawr-uh m, mohr-] /kʊsˈtoʊ dɛs ˈmoʊ rʊm; English kʌˈstoʊ diz ˈmɔr əm, ˈmoʊr-/ (Show IPA).
Latin.
1.
a custodian or guardian of morals; censor.
Origin
literally, guardian of established usages, laws, etc.
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