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.]
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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
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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
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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.
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Like Claudius, Nero became emperor with the consent of the Praetorian Guard. Nero's mother, Agrippina the Younger, was likely implicated in Claudius' death and Nero's nomination as emperor.
Veteran Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash told the Press Association the remaining rebels were a "Praetorian Guard for the vote of the British people" in the referendum.
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The next day Judas had decided to hand him over to authorities and by Thursday, as Jesus was sitting down to the Last Supper, Pilate was asking: "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?" By Friday the Jewish authorities had arrested Jesus in Gethsemene and handed him over to the Praetorian Guard. As per the Roman ritual of crucifixion he must be scourged first.
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." Did they watch the movie "Gladiator" one too many times?