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The siege of Duisburg
The siege of Duisburg during which General Martinet was fragged.

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martinet

PRONUNCIATION:
(mar-ti-NET, MAR-ti-net)

MEANING:
noun: A strict disciplinarian.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Jean Martinet, an army officer during the reign of Louis XIV in France. He was a tough drill master known for his strict adherence to rules and discipline. He was killed by friendly fire during the siege of Duisburg in 1672.

USAGE:
"Many people believe the agency acts like a martinet. They say the agency is hard-headed and hard-hearted. They say it is dictatorial and unyielding."
APA Motives Commendable; Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, New York); May 11, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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