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.
Caligula was destroyed by his hand-picked Praetorian Guards when they found out that he had become a liability.
Once you're plugged in and looking through the visor, your motion-sensing lightsaber controller gains a digital blade you can use to duel the likes of Kylo Ren and Darth Vader, and even the red armor-clad Praetorian Guards from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Photo shows Stormtrooopers and Praetorian guards posing on the red carpet for the European Premiere of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
For Khamenei and his praetorian guards, the most important question is not just the survival of the regime but also its revolutionary values.
The rise of election-related killings typifies how the era of roaming and marauding armies has now been replaced with the age of praetorian guards jealously defending entrenched presidents from potential rivals.
Persia had the "eyes and ears of the King" (Gli occhi e le orecchie del re), Spartans employed a secret police known as "Krypteia," while the Roman Empire under Nero had 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.
Soon, the ideology and its praetorian guards subverted the activity through an overtly active court, saving Islam from the invasion of an infidel culture.