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1A person who protects or defends something.‘self-appointed guardians of public morality’
protector, defender, preserver, champion, custodian, warden, guard, keeperView synonyms
- ‘Individual rights can be protected only by independent guardians operating in the public light.’
- ‘Whenever these self-appointed guardians of alcoholic and architectural merit get involved, an elitist macho tone taints proceedings.’
- ‘These publicity-seeking, self-appointed guardians of our morals have no right to dictate to us what we shall or shall not do.’
- ‘These are guardians, defending Buddhism from those that would harm it.’
- ‘Self-appointed guardians of orthodoxy in any number of faiths could use the legislation to harass dissidents within their own communities.’
- ‘And where are the guardians and protectors of all that is right and good in western medicine?’
- ‘For centuries, despite forays into excesses and hypocrisy, the Church acted as a guardian of private and public morality.’
- ‘As grown-ups we are able to exercise choice. These self-appointed moral guardians seem to think they have the right to ban that choice.’
- ‘Contrary to popular belief, dragons were guardians and protectors, not rampaging monsters.’
- ‘As self-appointed guardians of public sensibility, these organisations get to draw the line on what is acceptable.’
- ‘And he's the guardian and protector of our barbecue, to make sure that everything is strictly kosher.’
- ‘Instead of acting as guardians and protectors, those in power are posing serious threats to the safety and security of our country and its citizens.’
- ‘The film revolves round a martial arts master who comes to America in search of the next guardian who would protect the powerful scroll in his possession.’
- ‘They are the protectors and guardians of this land and they will prove great allies for us.’
- ‘The guardians were the protectors of the living pharaoh.’
- ‘There are two strong guardians to protect against this: fear and shame.’
- ‘Every 500 hundred years new guardians are chosen to protect Earth and it's people.’
- ‘There are eight guardians who protect these eight weapons, and they all must be defeated before ownership can be claimed.’
- ‘This judge has failed time and time again to properly apply the laws put in place by the people of Florida for the purpose of protecting Wards from unscrupulous guardians.’
- ‘When the putative guardians of public morality put the screws to crime and horror comics, distributors refused to put them on newsstands.’
- 1.1 A person who is legally responsible for the care of someone who is unable to manage their own affairs, especially a child whose parents have died.‘I am acting as guardian of my late brother's family’
- ‘As his parents and his legal guardians, we must stay in Australia to represent him in his case.’
- ‘Parents or guardians responded for children aged less than 13.’
- ‘Regulations 7 and 8 spell out an adoption agency's duties in respect of a child, his parents or guardian and prospective adopter.’
- ‘It is the responsibility of parents and guardians to control and monitor what their children view.’
- ‘No adult should be permitted to take a child from her parent or guardian, and then take away her nascent free will.’
- ‘You see, a good number of parents and guardians in this part of town just couldn't manage to get their kids to school on time (let alone feed them breakfast).’
- ‘Orphans were placed under the protection of a guardian by means of action taken by a sanctuary.’
- ‘If so the patient may be unable to instruct a solicitor and will require a guardian ad litem in any court proceedings.’
- ‘Parents or guardians for the children were responsible for completing the instrument.’
- ‘Only parents, guardians or teachers of young people would be able to call in the police in this way, said a Conservative spokesman.’
- ‘New clause 4A states that the child's parents and guardians should have the primary responsibility for the child's care.’
- ‘Then the court will decide who must take care of minor children unless the parents have appointed a guardian.’
- ‘Corporal punishment of children occurs primarily during the education process or at the hands of parents or guardians.’
- ‘Such procedural rights were extended only to parents, guardians and custodians.’
- ‘Children go into care when their current parent or guardian is unable to look after them, or if the child's health, safety or well-being is at risk.’
- ‘Children have the right to live in a safe and secure environment and it is the responsibility of their parents and guardians to provide this environment.’
- ‘The parents or guardians of such young mothers should also reflect upon their responsibilities towards their children and grandchildren.’
- ‘The freedom from coercion to have or to adopt a religion or belief and the liberty of parents and guardians to ensure religious and moral education cannot be restricted.’
- ‘Family members are parents or guardians of children who attend the pre-school group.’
- ‘And as parents or guardians of young people it's important that we stay aware of what's happening out there, no matter how unsavoury.’
2The superior of a Franciscan convent.
Late Middle English: from Old French garden, of Germanic origin; compare with ward and warden. The ending was altered by association with -ian.
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