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Meaning of praetorianism

prae•to•ri•an•ism

Pronunciation: (prē-tôr'ē-u-niz"um, -tōr'-), [key]
— n.
  1. the control of a society by force or fraud, esp. when exercised through titular officials and by a powerful minority.
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