Praetorian Guard


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Praetorian Guard

n.
1. The elite bodyguard of a Roman emperor, consisting of between 5,000 and 10,000 members.
2. A member of this bodyguard.

[Originally the bodyguard of a praetor or a general.]

Praetorian Guard

n
1. (Historical Terms) the bodyguard of the Roman emperors, noted for its political corruption, which existed from 27 bc to 312 ad
2. (Historical Terms) a member of this bodyguard

Praeto′rian Guard′


n.
the bodyguard of a military commander of ancient Rome, esp. the bodyguard of the emperor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Praetorian Guard - a member of the Praetorian GuardPraetorian Guard - a member of the Praetorian Guard  
Praetorian Guard - the elite bodyguard of a Roman Emperor in ancient Rome
bodyguard, escort - someone who escorts and protects a prominent person
2.Praetorian Guard - the elite bodyguard of a Roman Emperor in ancient Rome
bodyguard - a group of men who escort and protect some important person
Praetorian, Praetorian Guard - a member of the Praetorian Guard
Translations

praetorian guard

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(Hist) the Praetorian Guard (= body)die Prätorianergarde
(fig: = loyal group) → Prätorianergarde f, → Prätorianer pl; that praetorian guard of foreigners around the Presidentdie ausländischen Prätorianer in der Umgebung des Präsidenten
References in classic literature ?
To the second floor on which the window was situated, he ascended, much pre-occupied in mind by the uncertainties besetting the Roman Empire, and much regretting the death of the amiable Pertinax: who only last night had left the Imperial affairs in a state of great confusion, by falling a victim to the fury of the praetorian guards.
It would be easy to see this report as just one more piece of evidence that this president surrounds himself with people who harbor crazy ideas like setting up a Praetorian Guard for Donald Trump to get past "the deep state.
And as the pair begins teaming up against Snoke's red-armor clad Praetorian Guard, you can't blame yourself for thinking Kylo Ren has made a turn for the light side.
The military and the national guard, a 100,000-man praetorian guard that was the long-standing preserve of King Abdullah and his closest associates, have remained silent in the wake of this weekend's arrest of guard commander Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, a son of King Abdullah, and dismissal of navy commander Vice Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan, believed to be a son the late former defense minister and crown prince, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The hens, on the other hand, will protect the bride-to-be like a Roman emperor's praetorian guard.
Within a few years, he had lost all support, and the Praetorian Guard murdered him (not a path I would ever condone).
In the course of the festivities the Emperor would let go of one outrageous remark or the other, or else order his Praetorian Guard to usher in a hapless prisoner or citizen who for one reason or the other had earned the Emperor's ire.
Well, when Caesar is threatened the praetorian guard must be sacrificed.
He might or he might not, though cracks are emerging in Corbyn's union Praetorian guard, despite Unite leader Len McCluskey's "man of steel" endorsement.
The Praetorian Guard of ancient Rome was gradually transformed from a citizen police force into an oppressive standing army.