prae·​to·​ri·​an | \ prē-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce praetorian (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pretorian

Definition of praetorian

1 often capitalized : of, forming, or resembling the Roman imperial bodyguard
2 : of or relating to a praetor

Other Words from praetorian

praetorian noun, often capitalized

Examples of praetorian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, a strong message needs to be sent to both Cuba and Russia, which have created a praetorian guard to surround and protect Maduro. Marshall Billingslea, National Review, 9 May 2021 The brigade received counter-insurgency training by North Korean advisers and was known as the elite praetorian guard of Mugabe, directly answerable to his office. Bram Janssen And Andrew Meldrum, Fox News, 28 July 2018 Ever since Margaret Thatcher ripped up the rule book for London’s financial markets in 1986, Tories have defined themselves as capitalism’s praetorian guard. Caroline Alexander,, 30 June 2018 Mueller, a man appointed to direct the FBI by a Republican, has a sterling reputation — even according to the president’s praetorian guard, before partisanship forced them to change their story. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, 31 Jan. 2018 Mr Trump also threatened to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the country’s praetorian guard, as a terrorist organisation. The Economist, 16 Oct. 2017 But temptations of power proved too much as the mullahs and their praetorian guard indulged their taste for luxury. Reuel Marc Gerecht And, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2017 Thus the latest Korean Caligula gets global attention, his praetorian guard are assured of their continued privilege, and China offers its Cheshire smile to signal that Armageddon is avoided. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 25 July 2017 At the same time, Hoover effectively ran the bureau like his own praetorian guard. Matt Ford, The Atlantic, 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of praetorian

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Praetorian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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