One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The commander of a century in the ancient Roman army.
- ‘Mr Edwards said the original stone was an altar erected by a Roman centurion as a dedication to the gods for saving his life.’
- ‘In most cases, a censor and a chiliarch or centurion from the Imperial Guard were ordered to jointly oversee campaigns to apprehend brigands.’
- ‘Both centurions and their centuries rushed to the scene, but it was not what was expected.’
- ‘Both the blacksmith, my grandfather on my mother's side, and my father had been centurions and both were retired, but the Legion is something that never leaves you and Remus stood a fair chance.’
- ‘Each centurion was required to ensure that his century was a capable and effective fighting force.’
- ‘These passwords had to be repeated by the palace guards, who were grizzled old centurions given guard duty as a kind of honorable semi-retirement.’
- ‘This text from Acts is probably a synopsis of a sermon given by Peter for the benefit of the Roman centurion, Cornelius, who was a person of faith.’
- ‘Like Nero, his family had ties to the Legion, but he was not of noble blood, unlike Nero, and could not become a centurion.’
- ‘Jesus welcomed outsiders: a Samaritan leper, a Syro-Phoenician woman, a Roman centurion, the good Samaritan and others.’
- ‘It indicates that there were two centurions that Caesar described with the names of T. Pulfio, and L. Varenus and that the show's creators must have borrowed those names to depict the characters on the show.’
- ‘In Colchester museum, the tombstone of a Roman centurion stands a few feet above the spot where he had lain for centuries, a poignant bridging of time and space.’
- ‘The cohorts, divided into six centuries (100 men in each century) commanded by a centurion, became the main tactical unit of the army.’
- ‘Senior non-commissioned officers were called centurions, who varied greatly in rank.’
Middle English: from Latin centurio(n-), from centuria (see century).
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