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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
- Synonyms: multitudinous, numerous
- Russia’s labor and capital resources are woefully inadequate to overcome the state’s needs and vulnerabilities, which are legion.
- dissatisfied customers and their legion complaints
- 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Saren's private lab, Virmire:
- Shepard: Where are the rest of the Reapers? Are you the last of your kind?
We are legion. The time of our return is coming. Our numbers will darken the sky of every world. You cannot escape your doom.
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 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or What You Will”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [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 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [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:
- 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.
- Roman legion on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
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- legion (demons) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
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
- legion in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- legion in Polish dictionaries at PWN
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- legion in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)
- legion in Svensk ordbok (SO)
- legion in Svenska Akademiens ordbok (SAOB)