Praetorian Guard

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Praetorian Guard

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

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′

the bodyguard of a military commander of ancient Rome, esp. the bodyguard of the emperor.
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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

praetorian guard

(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
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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.
From patronage of institutions and individuals, the dynasties, over the years, have mastered the art of creating coteries, which act as their praetorian guards, drawing protective veils around them, thereby further highlighting the folklore surrounding these families and using it as the tipping point towards forward movement.
But from the 1980s he set about dismantling the armed forces, which were replaced by "security brigades" -- praetorian guards of mercenaries -- and demoralizing the civilian police, who were disempowered and critically undermined by the armed thugs of the "Revolutionary" Committees.