Definition of myrmidon in English:

myrmidon

Line breaks: myr|mi¦don
Pronunciation: /ˈməːmɪd(ə)n
 
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noun

  • A follower or subordinate of a powerful person, typically one who is unscrupulous or carries out orders unquestioningly: one of Hitler’s myrmidons
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    • 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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