Definitions

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  • n. A soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes orders of a superior without protest or pity; -- sometimes applied to bailiffs, constables, etc.

Etymologies

Latin Myrmidones, from Ancient Greek Μυρμιδόνες (Myrmidones), a tribe of warriors led by Achilles to the Trojan War. Folk etymology in Ovid's time derived the tribe's name from μυρμηδών ("ant-nest", from μύρμηξ, "ant"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fortunately, not all journalists are such myrmidon.

    Learning New Words #2 « Write Anything

  • He is one of those writers who finds the exact word for absolutely everything, which gives his prose an oddly poetic effect, full of terms like ‘triforium’ and ‘chasuble’, ‘pontificalia’ and ‘myrmidon’.

    On Silence « Tales from the Reading Room

  • The husbands clutching their hands for succor, in hopes that their own bell-ends wouldn't swell like the proverbial baby's arm holding a poisonous apple and kill them from the pecker up, bore foreheads, fiveheads even, that could only be described as battlefields depicting their hairlines' loss of ground under withering fire from the pussywhipping myrmidon at their sides.

    Ramona at the Funeral

  • The first myrmidon neither knew nor cared whether this reticence was born of a desire to save their own lives, or superstitious dread of some Gorn fertility goddess, or misgivings about the fate of the new warrior caste he still dreamed of building even now.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • “An impediment, and a slaver,” she said, involuntarily allowing her own teeth to emerge in a long-suppressed expression of hostility as she used the maneuvering thrusters to dislodge the hated second myrmidon.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • “I could not help but notice,” the first myrmidon said, “that it was your authorization code that opened the auxiliary vessel bay for me.”

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • A proximity alarm sounded, abruptly snapping the first myrmidon out of his musings.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • With a muttered grumble, the second myrmidon acceded, exiting the cramped cell.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • The second myrmidon backed away muttering and growling, then approached a nearby data console and began tapping into the long-range scan functions.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

  • Although the first myrmidon appeared as authoritative and steady as ever, his facial and cranial scales seemed to be growing discolored, graying slightly around the edges as though he were finally beginning to succumb to the radiation exposure that he and his troopers had experienced at Sazssgrerrn.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Seize the Fire

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  • From p. 31 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    They genuflected together, and the Mass began. Every moment the ceremony gained in splendour. If it was the feast of a great saint, the enthroned abbot was arrayed by his myrmidons in the pontificalia.

    January 21, 2014

  • That is a truly odd sentence.

    September 12, 2008

  • The landlord, who was trying if he could not sing in the kitchen louder than she could scream in the parlour, and swore he heard no music but his own, was at last obliged to introduce the myrmidons of the police to the distressed lady, just in time to rescue her from the necessity of a surrender at discretion.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 3

    September 12, 2008

  • Get outta my brain, you!

    *waves cane threateningly in seanahan's direction*

    October 5, 2007

  • My brain too. Maybe we're actually the same person with multiple personality disorder!

    October 4, 2007

  • This is another one where my brain does a weird "double-vowel" transformation - I always thought it was spelled "myrmidion".

    October 4, 2007