One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A follower or subordinate of a powerful person, typically one who is unscrupulous or carries out orders unquestioningly.‘one of Hitler's myrmidons’
subordinate, inferior, deputy, junior, assistant, adjutant, aide, minion, lackey, flunkey, menial, retainer, vassal, subject, serf, hireling, servant, henchman, right-hand man, right-hand woman, girl friday, man friday, factotum, stoogeView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The general prepared to say something to them but halted, seeing the two myrmidons' faces.’
- ‘Perhaps he should ask the myrmidon outside his door nicely if he could go one more time to the Great Library.’
- ‘He has three directors, three deputies and a plethora of myrmidons.’
- ‘Sixteen metres below the raging battle, Hitler and his myrmidons were ensconced in a bunker that lacked the facilities to track enemy movements.’
Late Middle English: from Latin Myrmidones (plural), from Greek Murmidones, a warlike Thessalian people who accompanied Achilles to Troy.
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