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mercenary -- as in: a mercenary soldier
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as in: a mercenary soldier Define
a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
  • He enlisted as a mercenary.
  • For centuries, mercenaries were Switzerland’s chief export good.
  • The armies of the French have thus become mixed, partly mercenary and partly national,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Mostly I saw monsters, but there were some human mercenaries in combat fatigues and demigods in armor, too.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian

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  • On either side of him stood two armed security guys, some of the mortal mercenaries I’d seen in D.C.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to...
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • Plenty of Martials roam the south as merchants, mercenaries, and craftsmen.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Maybe that’s what the Silencers are: human mercenaries.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • One of the mercenaries spoke up.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • They even hired mortal mercenaries.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • The three mercenaries looked ready to boil someone alive, and then there were the two shackled murderers.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The mercenaries who had restored the authority of the central government had been quartered there; now the palace was an army barracks.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Perhaps Galbatorix hired mercenaries to harass us.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • One of the mercenaries we knocked over was trying to get this blade from our dead Fremen friend.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Not only had Redd been banished from Wonderland years ago, forced to live in a grubby fortress on Mount Isolation in the middle of the Chessboard Desert-acres of icy snow alternating with acres of tar and black rock, forming what looked from the air like a giant chessboard-not only this, but she’d had to piece together a military force out of deserters, mercenaries, cutthroats.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • …in ambush behind the gate;—whether Miss Havisham, preferring to take personal vengeance for an outrage done to her house, might rise in those grave-clothes of hers, draw a pistol, and shoot me dead:—whether suborned boys—a numerous band of mercenaries—might be engaged to fall upon me in the brewery, and cuff me until I was no more;—it was high testimony to my confidence in the spirit of the pale young gentleman, that I never imagined him accessory to these retaliations; they always…
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You’ve made the great startling goddam discovery that the acting profession’s loaded with mercenaries and butchers.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Someone suggested that mercenaries be sent over to the Howard barn to forcibly haul Smith into the office.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • First she read about the mercenaries.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The leaders of the mercenaries received a donation in gold; an argument the most persuasive to their minds, and without which all others would have proved in vain.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Neckties had been required six days a week when Langdon attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and despite the headmaster’s romantic claims that the origin of the cravat went back to the silk fascalia worn by Roman orators to warm their vocal cords, Langdon knew that, etymologically, cravat actually derived from a ruthless band of "Croat" mercenaries who donned knotted neckerchiefs before they stormed into battle.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • …a nickering which, in extreme cases, was attended by such a shower of sparks as to make the struggling knights seem perfectly incandescent Wherever you went, during the first years, every vista had been terminated by a marching column of mercenaries, robbing and piling from the Marches—or by a knight of the new order exchanging buffets with a conservative baron whom he was trying to restrain from murdering serfs—or by a golden-haired maiden being rescued out of some lofty keep by means…
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Wendigo, as bad as they are, are little more than mercenaries.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • After a lifetime in service to the nation, here we sit like primitive mercenaries.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • The mercenaries of the Herods I do not count, for they are kept to crush us.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Although banks do not routinely send mercenaries to collect your ship.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "Thunder chariot!" cried one of the mercenaries, making a sign with his hand.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • — The others were as choice a lot of mercenaries as ever graced a dungeon, each uglier than the last.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • A minority of CITIZENS can become a majority of PEOPLE by adding alien residents, mercenaries, or people in the State without voting rights.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • A vast British armada was reported under way across the Atlantic and there were ominous rumors of the King hiring an army of German mercenaries.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • One of the men told the chief that the only way we could possess such foreign cassettes was either by having looted them or if we were mercenaries.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • It occurs to me that, just as the Carthaginians hired mercenaries to do their fighting for them, we Americans bring in mercenaries to do our hard and humble work.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • He had confirmed that he was committing land and sea forces—as well as unnamed foreign mercenaries—sufficient to put an end to that rebellion, and he had denounced the leaders of the uprising for having American independence as their true objective, something those leaders themselves had not as yet openly declared.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Two publications lay beside the computer station at which Blick had been working: one issue each of Wired, featuring yet another major article about the visionary splendiferousness of Bill Gates, and a magazine aimed at former Special Forces officers who wished to make horizontal career moves from military service into jobs as paid mercenaries.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Mercenaries?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "For example, why didn’t the airplane company that makes money, the mercenaries, why didn’t they pay for his flight?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • …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…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • These boys are no mercenaries, look at them.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • The Justice motioned to the mercenaries.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • This the mercenaries did with rough efficiency.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It occurs to me that, just as the Carthaginians hired mercenaries to do their fighting for them, we Americans bring in mercenaries to do our hard and humble work.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Roent and the mercenaries were willing to leave me alone.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I was riding with one of the mercenaries, absently peeling the bark from a willow switch.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The two mercenaries turned and raised eyebrows at each other.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Nor was there to be any mention of Scottish mercenaries, James Wilson and John Witherspoon both being Scots.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Mercenaries," Zoe said bitterly.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • I say, therefore, that the arms with which a prince defends his state are either his own, or they are mercenaries, auxiliaries, or mixed.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • He sent a message to Colonel Yenyi telling him to stay at the barracks and to welcome the commander of the mercenaries.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • At least five different organizations had sent soldiers-for-hire into the city, including Israeli mercenaries from a firm called Instinctive Shooting International.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • From Mahesh and Shoba I had heard dreadful stories of that time, of casual killings over many months by soldiers and rebels and mercenaries, of people trussed up in disgusting ways and being made to sing certain songs while they were beaten to death in the streets.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
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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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