myrmidon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Myrmidon (Greek mythology) a member of the warriors who followed Achilles on the expedition against Troy
    • n myrmidon a follower who carries out orders without question
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Myrmidon A soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes cruel orders of a superior without protest or pity; -- sometimes applied to bailiffs, constables, etc. "With unabated ardor the vindictive man of law and his myrmidons pressed forward."
    • Myrmidon One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompanied Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Myrmidon One of a warlike ancient Greek people of Phthiotis in Thessaly, over whom, according to the legend, Achilles ruled, and who accompanied him to Troy.
    • n Myrmidon [lowercase] A devoted and unquestioning or unscrupulous follower; one who executes without scruple his master's commands.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Myrmidon mėr′mi-don one of a tribe of warriors who accompanied Achilles to Troy: one of a ruffianly band under a daring leader: one who carries out another's orders without fear or pity
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Myrmidones, Gr. Myrmido`nes, pl
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr.

Usage

In literature:

That same night an attack was made upon him by certain myrmidons of the official party, who kicked and beat him severely.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Dost thou bear any tidings to the Myrmidons, or to me myself?
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
So what, he thought, did the Temple Myrmidons want with him?
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
With unabated ardor the vindictive man of law and his myrmidons pressed forward.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
We must hunt up the scoundrels who attacked him, but as yet the myrmidons of justice have made no progress I fear.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Man can think and do but one thing at a time, but oh, the myrmidons of God's legions of Cause and Effect!
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
The innumerable myrmidons of his empire, fretted masses, chained by weeds, oppress the old Equator.
"The Masque of the Elements" by Herman Scheffauer
The myrmidons of the duke were continually engaged in night-brawls with the police.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
Peggy ran in, having delivered the two-seater to the care of myrmidons.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
At his word the Myrmidons started up from their long rest, and hastily snatched their arms to follow him to the battle.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Change of ants into Myrmidons.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Every day he feared to be seized by Master Monceux's myrmidons.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
How he overtops in the Cabinet those myrmidons with their many petty notions!
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Captain Hillyar having orders to take a station off Bourdeaux, I recalled the Myrmidon from that service.
"The Surrender of Napoleon" by Sir Frederick Lewis Maitland
They look terribly fierce; and they may have any number of myrmidons within call.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
Fortunately, the officers of the 'Myrmidon' had warned Tom of this fact, made more dangerous by the thick mist and fog.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Thou meanwhile for a season lie still by the Myrmidon galleys, Hating the Danaeid host, and abstaining entirely from battle.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 367, May 1846" by Various
As machinery for malevolence the "White Trash" myrmidons could not be surpassed.
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy
Then the Snake-Doctor began to call in his horrible myrmidons.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
The myrmidons of the court have been long, and are still, pursuing him in vain.
"Junius Unmasked" by Joel Moody
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