Definition of myrmidon in English:

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myrmidon

Pronunciation: /ˈməːmɪd(ə)n/

noun

A follower or subordinate of a powerful person, typically one who is unscrupulous or carries out orders unquestioningly: one of Hitler’s myrmidons
More example sentences
  • He has three directors, three deputies and a plethora of myrmidons.
  • Yesterday's thoughts on American gun culture reminded me of something that happened when this middle England muser was a backstage myrmidon at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
  • Sixteen metres below the raging battle, Hitler and his myrmidons were ensconced in a bunker that lacked the facilities to track enemy movements.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin Myrmidones (plural), from Greek Murmidones, a warlike Thessalian people who accompanied Achilles to Troy.

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