Myrmidon


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Myr·mi·don

 (mûr′mə-dŏn′, -dn)
n.
1. Greek Mythology A member of a warlike Thessalian people who were ruled by Achilles and followed him on the expedition against Troy.
2. myrmidon A faithful follower who carries out orders without question.

[From Middle English Mirmidones, Myrmidons, from Latin Myrmidones, from Greek Murmidones.]

Myrmidon

(ˈmɜːmɪˌdɒn; -dən)
n, pl Myrmidons or Myrmidones (mɜːˈmɪdəˌniːz)
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) 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

Myr•mi•don

(ˈmɜr mɪˌdɒn, -dn)

n., pl. Myr•mi•dons, Myr•mid•o•nes (mɜrˈmɪd nˌiz)
1. a member of a legendary people of Thessaly, devoted followers of Achilles in the Trojan War.
2. (l.c.) a person who executes without question or scruple a master's commands.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin Myrmidones (pl.) < Greek Myrmidónes]

myrmidon

a follower who obeys orders without question. — myrmidonian, adj.
See also: Allegiance
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.myrmidon - a follower who carries out orders without question
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
2.Myrmidon - (Greek mythology) a member of the warriors who followed Achilles on the expedition against Troy
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Translations

myrmidon

[ˈmɜːmɪdən] N (pej, hum) → secuaz m fiel, satélite m, esbirro m
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Sabin and his guest were sitting, and without even a glance at the former turned upon his myrmidon.
Whether myrmidons of Justice, specially sent down from London, would be lying in ambush behind the gate?
They say the Myrmidons returned home safely under Achilles' son Neoptolemus; so also did the valiant son of Poias, Philoctetes.
Go home, then, with your ships and comrades to lord it over the Myrmidons.
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He sends his myrmidons to come over the fence and pass and repass.
21: Concerning the Myrmidons Hesiod speaks thus: `And she conceived and bare Aeacus, delighting in horses.
You will observe, ma'am,' said Ralph, addressing himself to Mrs Nickleby, 'that this boy being a minor and not of strong mind, we might have come here tonight, armed with the powers of the law, and backed by a troop of its myrmidons.
And Peleus lives, son of AEacus, among the Myrmidons,
At which last words the door flew open, and in came Squire Western, with his parson and a set of myrmidons at his heels.
He told him, moreover, that other persons whose houses had been burnt, had for a time lost sight of their children or their relatives, but had, in every case, within his knowledge, succeeded in discovering them; that his complaint should be remembered, and fully stated in the instructions given to the officers in command, and to all the inferior myrmidons of justice; and that everything that could be done to help him, should be done, with a goodwill and in good faith.
The best hotel and all its culinary myrmidons, were set to work to prepare the feast.