hyperaspist definition

  • noun:
    • a person who keeps a shield over another; a defender.
    • one that keeps a shield over another; ergo, a defender.
    • ὐπερασπίζειν, cover with a shield, ⟨ὑπέρ, over, + ἀσπίς, a shield. Cf. hypaspist.] In Greek antiquity, person who safeguarded another involved with battling by holding a shield over him; ergo, a protector or defender.
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