pretorian


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pre·to·ri·an

 (prē-tôr′ē-ən)
adj.
Variant of praetorian.
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Adj.1.pretorian - of or relating to a Roman praetor; "praetorial powers"
2.Pretorian - 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"
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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.
In a pointed note to Jefferson in the summer of 1791, when Duer was ramping up his speculations, Madison warned that the speculators were in the process of becoming "the pretorian band of the Government--at once its tool & its tyrant; bribed by its largesses, & overawing it, by clamours & combinations." (22)
After Raven's Lady had edged out Pretorian by a short head, the owners' spokesperson Eloise Adamski said: "Everyone in the syndicate is ecstatic.
A Pretorian by birth, Pillans is in the midst of a seven-year qualification period to play for England, ending aged 31.
Frequently one hears it said that the judiciary in Brazil at this moment has a vocation of the 'Pretorian' type and is wanting to dominate the political scenario.
Pretorian and Jurisprudential Recognition of the Social Function of Property Designated for Public Use--Res publicae in publico usu
An investigation into the couple's background established that they had met when working as crew members on board the Pretorian, MURDER CASEBOOK which sailed between Glasgow and Canada.
Managing director Mr Sam Malaba has announced that there was good rapport between Agribank, a state-owned bank, and Pretorian government-owned IDC as it has extended credit to the bank before amounting to $60 million.
Many international forces employ a Pretorian Guard-like group to protect the organization and its leaders from infiltration by spies.
It is undeniable that the Pretorian court controversy, with the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attending and departing freely from the AU Summit in South Africa, by and large over-shadowed the summit's main theme.
Former cabinet members like Hilary Clinton, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta have all told the same story of being unable to break through Obama's pretorian guard and consequent failure to build any close relationship with the president.
Thus the Pretorian guard became more and more important in Rome as Rome became more and more luxurious and feeble.