"Thou didst endeavour to defraud the State for purposes of thine own," interposed the praefect calmly.
At an order from the praefect the auction sale was abruptly suspended.
But at her words the last vestige of deference fled from the praefect's manner; pity now would have been weak folly.
"If it be in my power," responded the praefect, rousing himself from his reverie.
And then did a cry of horror escape my lips, and the praefect looked down into my face.
Did Nolus and Dion find it difficult to approach the praefect's body?
The frown on the praefect's forehead became even more marked than before.
"God in heaven grant that it may, O Cæsar," said the praefect fervently.
The praefect in the discharge of his functions—second only to the Cæsar—was all-powerful where he stood.
Many there were in Rome who at this moment would gladly have changed places with the praefect.
mid-14c., "civil or military official," from Old French prefect (12c., Modern French préfet) and directly from Latin praefectus "public overseer, superintendent, director," noun use of past participle of praeficere "to put in front, to set over, put in authority," from prae "in front, before" (see pre-) + root of facere (past participle factus) "to perform" (see factitious). Spelling restored from Middle English prefet. Meaning "administrative head of the Paris police" is from 1800; meaning "senior pupil designated to keep order in an English school" is from 1864. Related: Prefectorial.