Definition of Caesar in English:

Caesar

Line breaks: Cae¦sar
Pronunciation: /ˈsiːzə
 
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noun

  • 1A title of Roman emperors, especially those from Augustus to Hadrian.
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    • Today's Vatican is a creation of the great Renaissance popes, who used the symbolism of the Rome of the Caesars to dominate the Roman barons and establish Rome as the seat of the church.
    • These passages could be seen in the socio-political sweep of their emperors, Caesars, and pharaons as case studies in forced labor and territorial control.
    • Perhaps 40 years ago the rich hired courtroom sketch artists; perhaps in Roman times the Caesars commanded artisans to instantly fix the event in mosaic tiles.
  • 1.1An autocrat: they complained that he was behaving like a Caesar
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    • Treat any chief executive as a Caesar and pretty soon he'll behave like one.
    • You are acting as a Ceasar of territories, conquering land and sea to gain control of the Empire.
    • Do you see yourself as a Ceasar?
  • 2 Medicine , British informal A caesarean section.

Phrases

Caesar's wife

A person who is required to be above suspicion.
[with reference to Plutarch's Caesar ( x. 6) ‘I thought my wife ought not even to be under suspicion’]
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  • The media, he says, like to ‘out’ a referee who is supposed to be like Caesar's wife, completely above suspicion.
  • They have to be like Caesar's wife - totally above suspicion.
  • Still, they expect their leaders to be, like Caesar's wife, above suspicion.

Origin

Middle English: from Latin Caesar, family name of the Roman statesman Julius Caesar, Gaius.

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