Soldier

A soldier is one who fights as part of an organized land-based armed force; if that force is for hire the person is generally termed a mercenary soldier, or mercenary. The majority of cognates of the word "soldier" that exist in other languages have a meaning that embraces both commissioned and non-commissioned officers in national land forces.

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Famous quotes containing the word soldier:

    Methinks it would be some advantage to philosophy if men were named merely in the gross, as they are known. It would be necessary only to know the genus and perhaps the race or variety, to know the individual. We are not prepared to believe that every private soldier in a Roman army had a name of his own,—because we have not supposed that he had a character of his own.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Will you vouchsafe to teach a soldier terms
    Such as will enter at a lady’s ear
    And plead his love-suit to her gentle heart?
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
    Allan Massie (b. 1938)