What does the word palladium mean?

Usage examples for palladium

  1. It has been said that this common act of accusation, the birthright of the Roman citizen, the greatly esteemed palladium of Roman freedom, became the most convenient instrument of despotism. – The Women of the Caesars by Guglielmo Ferrero
  2. 1850. Wuthering Heights: in the " Palladium." – Emily Brontë by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
  3. But the Law, which is the palladium of our liberties, answered for Commerce in a slow snarling, " because he is preaching discontent." – In the Heart of a Fool by William Allen White