Word of the day: myrmidon

It means “a person who executes without question or scruple a master’s commands”.

The word comes from classical mythology as the Myrmidons were one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War.

I came across the word while reading “Prague Fatale” by Philip Kerr which is set in Nazi-occupied wartime Czechoslovakia.


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