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 (mûr′mə-dŏn′, -dn)
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.]


(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


(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]


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


[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.
Go home, then, with your ships and comrades to lord it over the Myrmidons. I care neither for you nor for your anger; and thus will I do: since Phoebus Apollo is taking Chryseis from me, I shall send her with my ship and my followers, but I shall come to your tent and take your own prize Briseis, that you may learn how much stronger I am than you are, and that another may fear to set himself up as equal or comparable with me."
He charged them straightly further and dismissed them, whereon they went their way sorrowfully by the seaside, till they came to the tents and ships of the Myrmidons. They found Achilles sitting by his tent and his ships, and ill-pleased he was when he beheld them.
Whether myrmidons of Justice, specially sent down from London, would be lying in ambush behind the gate?
Show me where she is."--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 object of this new liking was not among his myrmidons. He would be a valuable acquisition with such an assistant as Nancy, and must (thus Fagin argued) be secured without delay.
Mrs Jarley's back being then towards him, the military gentleman shook his forefinger as a sign that her myrmidons were not to apprise her of his presence, and stealing up close behind her, tapped her on the neck, and cried playfully
Mentally, I have now committed a burglary under the meanest circumstances, and the myrmidons of justice are at my heels.'
They say the Myrmidons returned home safely under Achilles' son Neoptolemus; so also did the valiant son of Poias, Philoctetes.
21: Concerning the Myrmidons Hesiod speaks thus: `And she conceived and bare Aeacus, delighting in horses.