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
References in classic literature ?
For their men of war; it is a dangerous state, where they live and remain in a body, and are used to donatives; whereof we see examples in the janizaries, and pretorian bands of Rome; but trainings of men, and arming them in several places, and under several commanders, and without donatives, are things of defence, and no danger.
On the night, Dave and the prom girls were joined by members of the Estonians, the Tees Riders, the Pretorians, the Misfits, the Street-rats and Moonshiners.