What is mercenary?

  • (noun): A person hired to fight for another country than their own.
    Synonyms: soldier of fortune
    See also — Additional definitions below

Mercenary

A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict and is "motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party".

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Early Life of Saśigupta
... of professional soldiers (band of mercenary soldiers) whose main goals were economic and military pursuits ... In all probability, Saśigupta was a professional soldier and led a corporation of mercenary soldier to help Persians especially Bessus, the Iranian Satrap of Bactria but once his case was lost, Saśigupta ...
Sweepers (film) - Cast
... Mercenary #1 Gabriel Mndaweni.. ... Mercenary #2 Frank Pereira.. ... Mercenary #3 Dave Ridley.. ...
Military Organization (Battle Tech) - Inner Sphere House Unit Organization - Mercenary Military Unit Organization
... Many mercenary commanders, having either worked for one of the Great Houses or been part of a House's military, use a modified force structure based on the House's ... A few mercenary commands derived from the periphera realms use the same organization as their home nations ... Mercenary units rarely exceed more than a company or two in strength, and often field over-strength companies to give themselves an advantage against the regimental ...
Mercenary - Popular Culture
... Like piracy, the mercenary ethos resonates in popular films and novels with idealized notions of adventure, mystery and danger ...
Mercinary
... A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict and is "motivated to take part in the hostilities ... As a result of the assumption that a mercenary is essentially motivated by money, the term mercenary usually carries negative connotations ... There is a blur in the distinction between a mercenary and a foreign volunteer, when the primary motive of a soldier in a foreign army is uncertain ...

More definitions of "mercenary":

  • (adj): Used of soldiers hired by a foreign army.
    Synonyms: freelance

Famous quotes containing the word mercenary:

    These, in the day when heaven was falling,
    The hour when earth’s foundations fled,
    Followed their mercenary calling
    And took their wages and are dead.
    —A.E. (Alfred Edward)