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  • n. Plural form of janizary.


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  • Livia settled all things for the succession of her son Tiberius, by continual giving out, that her husband Augustus was upon recovery and amendment, and it is an usual thing with the pashas, to conceal the death of the Great Turk from the janizaries and men of war, to save the sacking of

    The Essays

  • For their men of war; it is a dangerous state, where they live and remain in a body, and are used to donatives; whereof we see examples in the janizaries, and pretorian bands of Rome; but trainings of men, and arming them in several places, and under several commanders, and without donatives, are things of defence, and no danger.

    The Essays

  • This Framer, a believer in “energy in the executive,” derided worries about a too-powerful president and included this line: “We have been taught to tremble at the terrific visages of murdering janizaries and to blush at the unveiled mysteries of a future seraglio.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • I felt as though, strong as the yoke of these janizaries and their master looked, I had the death-warrant of imperialism in my pocket.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866

  • And between renegades, janizaries, and mothers of all nations, the blood of many a Turk must be physically anything rather than Turkish.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

  • After the regular troops had been corrupted by faction, the caliphs, for the defence of their person and government, formed a militia; but the soldiers composing this force, not unfrequently foreigners, soon governed with a military despotism similar to that of the janizaries of Turkey, the

    History of the Moors of Spain

  • Tyrants have trembled, surrounded by whole armies of their janizaries.

    Fifteen Years in Hell

  • The youthful stranger, concealing his name and family, relates the sad effects of his love for the favorite wife of the Bashaw of Liperto, and how by her aid he was enabled to escape from slavery, only to be pursued and about to be retaken by janizaries when rescued by Philidore.

    The Life and Romances of Mrs Eliza Haywood

  • Lord Bentinck, as the mouthpiece of the protectionist party, launched forth in vehement invective against Sir Robert Peel, "his forty paid janizaries, and the seventy other members who, in supporting him, blazoned forth their own shame."

    A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year Volume Two (of Three)

  • The Turks created a military zone along the Danube and the Dniester, established Turkish garrisons in important places, and compelled the princes to do personal homage to the sultan in Constantinople every three years, to bring (in addition to the tribute) presents in token of their submission, to perform military service, to maintain a troop of janizaries in their retinue, and to give relatives as hostages for their fidelity.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock


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  • "infantry in the Turkish service. The word signifies new militia." (citation in list description. Singular janizary, more common var. janissary, janissaries.)

    October 9, 2008