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mercenary
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Leaves of Grass
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as in: a mercenary soldier Define
a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
  • …tumbling body, the rush of friend and foe thither, The siege of revolted lieges determin’d for liberty, The summons to surrender, the battering at castle gates, the truce and parley, The sack of an old city in its time, The bursting in of mercenaries and bigots tumultuously and disorderly, Roar, flames, blood, drunkenness, madness, Goods freely rifled from houses and temples, screams of women in the gripe of brigands, Craft and thievery of camp-followers, men running, old persons…

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  • He enlisted as a mercenary.
  • For centuries, mercenaries were Switzerland’s chief export good.

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as in: a mercenary soldier Define
a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
as in: a mercenary attitude Define
marked by materialism or a profit orientation
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