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Praetorian Guard

noun, Roman History
1.
the bodyguard of a military commander, especially the imperial guard stationed in Rome.
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Praetorian Guard

noun
1.
the bodyguard of the Roman emperors, noted for its political corruption, which existed from 27 bc to 312 ad
2.
a member of this bodyguard
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Praetorian Guard in Culture
Praetorian Guard [(pree-tawr-ee-uhn)]

In the ancient Roman Empire, the emperor's bodyguard.

Note: The term is sometimes applied to the inner circle of advisers to a major political figure.
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