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  1. auxiliariesnoun

    Plural form of auxiliary.


  1. Auxiliaries

    Auxiliaries are support personnel that assist the military or police but are organised differently from regular forces. Auxiliary may be military volunteers undertaking support functions or performing certain duties such as garrison troops, usually on a part-time basis. Unlike a military reserve force, an auxiliary force does not necessarily have the same degree of training or ranking structure as regular soldiers, and it may or may not be integrated into a fighting force. Some auxiliaries, however, are militias composed of former active duty military personnel and actually have better training and combat experience than their regular counterparts. Historically, the designation auxiliary has also been given to foreign or allied troops in the service of a nation at war, most famously the eponymous Auxilia serving the Roman Empire. In the context of colonial troops, locally recruited irregulars were often described as auxiliaries.

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  1. Auxiliaries

    of Auxiliary


  1. Auxiliaries

    Auxiliaries formed the standing non-citizen corps of the Roman army of the Principate, alongside the citizen legions. By the 2nd century, the auxilia contained the same number of infantry as the legions and in addition provided almost all of the Roman army's cavalry and more specialised troops. The auxilia thus represented three-fifths of Rome's regular land forces at that time. Like their legionary counterparts, auxiliary recruits were mostly volunteers, not conscripts. Auxiliary troops were mainly recruited from the peregrini, i.e. free provincial subjects of the Roman Empire who did not hold Roman citizenship and constituted the vast majority of the empire's population in the 1st and 2nd centuries. Auxiliaries also included some Roman citizens and probably barbarians. This was in contrast to the legions, which only admitted Roman citizens. The auxilia developed from the varied contingents of non-Italian troops, especially cavalry, that the Roman Republic used in increasing numbers to support its legions after 200 BC. The Julio-Claudian period saw the transformation of these motley temporary levies into a standing corps of regiments with standardised structure, equipment and conditions of service. By the end of this period, there were no significant differences between legionaries and most auxiliaries in terms of training, or thus combat capability.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. auxiliaries

    Confederates, an assisting body of allies; or, physically speaking, vessels using steam as an auxiliary to wind.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of auxiliaries in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of auxiliaries in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of auxiliaries in a Sentence

  1. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia:

    I see, monsieur. The auxiliaries are the servants of the verbs. It's only poor 'avoir' which has to shift for itself.

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