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dēfensor , ōris, m., rar. f. id..
I. One who fends, wards, averts, or keeps off: “necis,Cic. Mil. 22, 58: “periculi,id. Mur. 2.—
II. A defender, protector.
1. In gen. (for syn. cf.: “tutor, praeses, vindex, cognitor, curator, patronus, advocatus, causidicus): paterni juris,Cic. de Or. 1, 57, 244; cf. id. Mil. 15: “juris et libertatis, id. Rab. perd. 4, 12: octo tribuni plebis, illius adversarii, defensores mei,id. Mil. 15; cf. Hor. S. 2, 5, 30; “opp. petitor,Quint. 4, 2, 132: “bonus,id. 5, 13, 3 et saep.; “opp. accusator,id. 7, 2, 31; 5, 13, 3; Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 38, § 82 et saep.; cf. patronus. Once fem.: “mulier defensor alicujus,Dig. 16, 1, 2 fin.: “canes defensores,Varr. R. R. 2, 9.—
2. Esp. in plur., defensores, the garrison: “oppidum vacuum ab defensoribus,Caes. B. G. 2, 12; id. ib. 3, 25 et saep.; Sall. J. 23; Liv. 21, 11; Verg. A. 2, 521; Ov. M. 13, 274 et saep.—
3. Defensor civitatis, or plebis, or loci, in the later period of the empire (since 365 A.D.), title of a magistrate in the provincial cities, whose chief duty was to afford protection against oppression on the part of the governor; “he was likewise endowed with a subordinate civil jurisdiction,Cod. Theod. 1, 11; Cod. Just. 1, 55; Just. Inst. 1, 20, 5.—*
B. Of inanimate subjects, as the guards (sublicae) of a bridge, Caes. B. G. 4, 17 fin.
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