soldiery

[sohl-juh-ree]
noun, plural soldieries for 2.
1.
soldiers collectively.
2.
a body of soldiers.
3.
military training or skill.

Origin:
1560–70; soldier + -ry

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soldiery (ˈsəʊldʒərɪ)
 
n , pl -dieries
1.  soldiers collectively
2.  a group of soldiers
3.  the profession of being a soldier

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Endangered by the fire of their friends if they continue within the city, and plundered by the soldiery if they leave it.
The colored soldiery are now numbered no longer by hundreds, but by tens of thousands.
The initial training cycle consisted of the fundamentals of good soldiery: shooting, land navigation, and basic medicine.
On each side of the main entrance are two apartments, which were used as guard houses by the soldiery.
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