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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, myrmidon, right-hand man, right-hand woman, girl friday, man friday, factotum, stoogeView synonyms
- ‘Sixteen metres below the raging battle, Hitler and his myrmidons were ensconced in a bunker that lacked the facilities to track enemy movements.’
- ‘He has three directors, three deputies and a plethora of myrmidons.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Latin Myrmidones (plural), from Greek Murmidones, a warlike Thessalian people who accompanied Achilles to Troy.
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