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MERCENARY (Lat. mercenarius, from mer...

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 150 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MERCENARY (Lat. mercenarius, from merces, reward, gain), one who serves or acts solely for motives of personal gain, particularly a soldier who offers himself for service in any army which may hire him. The name is sometimes used as a term of reproach by nations who raise their armies by conscription, of armies raised by voluntary enlistment whose members are paid a more or less living wage.
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