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soldiery

[sohl-juh-ree] /ˈsoʊl dʒə ri/
noun, plural soldieries for 2.
1.
soldiers collectively.
2.
a body of soldiers.
3.
military training or skill.
Origin of soldiery
1560-1570
1560-70; soldier + -ry
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  • The priests, the nobility, and the soldiery were deeply infected with dislike to the constitution.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • The Spaniards give place to none in the reputation of soldiery.

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Nothing is taken by the soldiery without being paid for, a fact that was brought sharply home to me on one occasion.

  • Is it not permitted that I speak with the captain of the soldiery who escort me?

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Then he gathered himself up with agility, and ran away followed by the laughter of the soldiery.

  • Let your soldiery patrol the streets and search every house from top to bottom.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The soldiery devote themselves to trade, losing their military efficiency and interfering with the business of the citizens.

  • There was, then, considerable discontent among the British soldiery.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • Let us now inquire if the rules laid down will bear the test of being applied to the lower order of the Greek soldiery.

  • I knew too well the ruffian natures of the soldiery to hazard such a risk.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for soldiery

soldiery

/ˈsəʊldʒərɪ/
noun (pl) -dieries
1.
soldiers collectively
2.
a group of soldiers
3.
the profession of being a soldier
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Word Origin and History for soldiery
n.

1560s, from Middle French souderie or else a native formation from soldier + -y (1).

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