praetorian


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prae·to·ri·an

also pre·to·ri·an  (prē-tôr′ē-ən)
adj.
1. Of or relating to a praetor or the praetorship.
2. Praetorian Of or belonging to the Praetorian Guard.
3. Venal; corruptible: "A large praetorian bureaucracy, filled with ambitious, possessive ... and often sycophantic people, makes work and makes trouble" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).
n.
1. A praetor or ex-praetor.
2. Praetorian A member of the Praetorian Guard.

praetorian

(priːˈtɔːrɪən) or

pretorian

adj
(Historical Terms) of or relating to a praetor
n
(Historical Terms) a person holding praetorian rank; a praetor or ex-praetor

Praetorian

(priːˈtɔːrɪən) or

Pretorian

adj
1. (Historical Terms) of or relating to the Praetorian Guard
2. (sometimes not capital) resembling the Praetorian Guard, esp with regard to corruption
n
(Historical Terms) a member of the Praetorian Guard

prae•to•ri•an

(priˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to a praetor.
2. (often cap.) of or pertaining to the Praetorian Guard.
n.
3. a praetor or ex-praetor.
4. (often cap.) a soldier of the Praetorian Guard.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin praetōriānus. See praetor, -ian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.praetorian - a member of the Praetorian GuardPraetorian - 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
Adj.1.praetorian - of or relating to a Roman praetor; "praetorial powers"
2.Praetorian - characteristic of or similar to the corruptible soldiers in the Praetorian Guard with respect to corruption or political venality; "a large Praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious...and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble"- Arthur M.Schlesinger Jr.
corrupt - lacking in integrity; "humanity they knew to be corrupt...from the day of Adam's creation"; "a corrupt and incompetent city government"

praetorian

adjective
Ruthlessly seeking personal advantage:
Informal: crooked.
Translations

praetorian

[prɪˈtɔːrɪən]
A. ADJpretoriano
B. CPD praetorian guard Nguardia f pretoriana
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