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Wednesday, August 06, 2003


\TOO-tuhl-ij; TYOO-\ , noun;
The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship; protection.
The state of being under a guardian or tutor.
Instruction, especially individual instruction accompanied by close attention and guidance.
But he was not yet free of his father's legal tutelage and had still to decide on a career.
-- Roland Huntford, Nansen: The Explorer as Hero
This was the Puerto Rico that the United States invaded on July 25, 1898--a country that wanted political, economic, and social justice, but not colonial tutelage, however well meant.
-- Jose Trias Monge, Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World
Many years under my grandfather's tutelage had made me the best calligrapher in the entire school.
-- Da Chen, Colors of the Mountain
Under her tutelage he picks up not only Greek but Hebrew, Arabic and Japanese before moving on to the rest of the major spoken languages and a slew of minor ones.
-- Myla Goldberg, "Paternity Suitor", New York Times, October 15, 2000
Tutelage is from Latin tutela, "protection; guardian" (from the past participle of tueri, "to watch, to guard") + the suffix -age.
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