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Generalized sense of “a large number” is due to an allusive phrase in Mark 5:9, "my name is Legion: for we are many" (KJV).
legion (not comparable)
- Numerous; vast; very great in number
legion (plural legions)
- (military, Ancient Rome) The major unit or division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 infantry soldiers and 100 to 200 cavalry troops.
- (military) A combined arms major military unit featuring cavalry, infantry, and artillery, including historical units such as the British Legion, and present-day units such as the Spanish Legion and the French Foreign Legion.
- (military) A large military or semi-military unit trained for combat; any military force; an army, regiment; an armed, organized and assembled militia.
- (often Legion or the Legion) A national organization or association of former servicemen, such as the American Legion.
- A large number of people; a multitude.
- (often plural) A great number.
- 1735, John Rogers (Canon of Wells.), “Sermon XV. Universal Obedience to the Laws of God, the indispensable Obligation of Christians”, in Nineteen Sermons on several occasions:
- where one Sin has entered, Legions will force their Way through the fame Breach.
- (dated, taxonomy) A group of orders inferior to a class; in scientific classification, a term occasionally used to express an assemblage of objects intermediate between an order and a class.
- (military unit): fireteam, section, troop, squad, platoon, company, battalion, regiment, brigade, division, corps, wing, army, army group
the major unit or division of the Roman army
- (transitive) To form into legions.
- c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv], page 268, column 1:
- If all / the diuells of hell be drawne in little, and Legion himſelfe / poſſeſt him, yet He ſpeake to him.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii], page 146:
- MACDUFF. Not in the Legions / Of horrid Hell, can come a Diuell more damn'd / In euils to top Macbeth.
- 1742, [Edward Young], The Complaint: Or, Night-Thoughts on Life, Death, & Immortality, London: […] [Samuel Richardson] for A[ndrew] Millar […], and R[obert] Dodsley […], published 1750, OCLC 753424981:
- What can preserve my life, or what destroy ? / An angel's arm can't snatch me from the grave; / Legions of angels can't confine me there.
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Declension of legion
- accusative singular of legio
legion f (plural legions)
- French: légion
- “legion” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “legion” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
legion m inan
Declension of legion
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