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 for myrmidon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Myrmidon \Myr"mi*don\, n. [L. Myrmidones, Gr. Myrmido`nes, pl.]
     1. One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompanied Achilles,
        their king, to the Trojan war.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. A soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes
        cruel orders of a superior without protest or pity; --
        sometimes applied to bailiffs, constables, etc.
        --Thackeray.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              With unabated ardor the vindictive man of law and
              his myrmidons pressed forward.        --W. H.
                                                    Ainsworth.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  myrmidon
      n 1: a follower who carries out orders without question
      2: (Greek mythology) a member of the warriors who followed
         Achilles on the expedition against Troy

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "myrmidon":
     adherent, assistant, creature, dependent, disciple, dummy,
     employee, feudatory, figurehead, flunky, follower, gillie,
     girl Friday, goon, hanger-on, henchman, hired hand, hired man,
     hireling, homager, inferior, jackal, lackey, liege, liege man, man,
     man Friday, mercenary, minion, pensioner, peon, puppet, retainer,
     right-hand man, satellite, serf, slave, stooge, subordinate,
     sycophant, thug, underling, understrapper, vassal, votary, worker,
     yeoman
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  MYRMIDON, n.  A follower of Achilles -- particularly when he didn't
  lead.
  

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