Definitions for praetorianpriˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prae•to•ri•anpriˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to a praetor.

    Category: Ancient History

  2. (often cap.) of or pertaining to the Praetorian Guard.

    Category: Ancient History

  3. (n.)a praetor or ex-praetor.

    Category: Ancient History

  4. (often cap.) a soldier of the Praetorian Guard.

    Category: Ancient History

Origin of praetorian:

1375–1425; late ME < L praetōriānus. See praetor , -ian

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Praetorian Guard, Praetorian(adj)

    a member of the Praetorian Guard

  2. praetorian, praetorial, pretorian, pretorial(adj)

    of or relating to a Roman praetor

    "praetorial powers"

  3. Praetorian, Pretorian(adj)

    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.

Wiktionary

  1. Praetorian(Noun)

    A special bodyguard force used by Roman emperors. The symbol of the Praetorian Guard was the scorpion.

  2. praetorian(Noun)

    A praetor

  3. praetorian(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a praetor

  4. praetorian(Adjective)

    Corruptly mercenary and venal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Praetorian(adj)

    see Pretorian

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