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Myrmidon

[mur-mi-don, -dn]
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noun, plural Myr·mi·dons, Myr·mid·o·nes [mur-mid-n-eez] /mɜrˈmɪd nˌiz/.
  1. Classical Mythology. one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War.
  2. (lowercase) a person who executes without question or scruple a master's commands.

Origin of Myrmidon

Middle English < Latin Myrmidones (plural) < Greek Myrmidónes
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Historical Examples

  • He handed it to the Myrmidon, who looked down at it, frowned, and then looked up.

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  • He produced the ID card and handed it with the special card to the Myrmidon.

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  • "Oh—" The Myrmidon looked at him, then shrugged his shoulders.

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  • "You may retire, Captain," she said to the waiting Myrmidon.

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  • "Let's see your ID card, please," the Myrmidon said in the same tone as before.

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British Dictionary definitions for myrmidon

Myrmidon

noun plural Myrmidons or Myrmidones (mɜːˈmɪdəˌniːz)
  1. Greek myth one of a race of people whom Zeus made from a nest of ants. They settled in Thessaly and were led against Troy by Achilles
  2. (often not capital) a follower or henchman
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Word Origin and History for myrmidon

n.

c.1400, from Latin Myrmidones (plural), from Greek Myrmidones, Thessalian tribe led by Achilles to the Trojan War, fabled to have been ants changed into men, and often derived from Greek myrmex "ant" (from PIE *morwi- (see Formica (2)), but Watkins does not connect them and Klein's sources suggest a connection to Greek mormos "dread, terror." Transferred sense of "faithful follower" is from c.1600.

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