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Apr 11, 2017
This week’s theme
Eponyms from Greek mythology

This week’s words
orphic
myrmidon
nemesis
amazon
muse

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with Anu Garg

myrmidon

PRONUNCIATION:
(MUHR-mi-dahn, -duhn)

MEANING:
noun: One who unquestioningly follows orders.

ETYMOLOGY:
In Greek mythology, the Myrmidons were led by Achilles in the Trojan War. The name is possibly from Greek myrmex (ant). In a version of the story, Zeus created Myrmidons from ants. Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“Dr. Marsh refuses to comply and serve as a myrmidon.”
Jerome Groopman; Brain Surgeons; The New York Times; May 21, 2015.

See more usage examples of myrmidon in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. -Theodore Rubin, psychiatrist and writer (b. 11 Apr 1923)

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