The rise and fall of Italy’s warriors-for-hire

Vocabulary List

mercenary
(noun) a soldier who fights for any country or group that will pay him
 
cowardice
(noun) lack of courage
 
fulfill
(verb) to do something that you have promised to do or that is your duty
 
conquest
(noun) the act of getting control of a country by fighting
 
warfare
(noun) the conduct of war
 
rivalry
(noun) a situation in which two or more people are competing with each other for something
 
merchant
(noun) a person who buys and sells goods for profit
 
prestige
(noun) high status or reputation
 
play out
(verb) to happen or develop in a particular way
 
hail from
(phrasal verb) to come from or to have been born in a particular place
 
truce
(noun) a temporary agreement to stop fighting a war
 
pillage
(verb) to rob or steal things from a place, especially during a war
 
riches
(noun) a large amount of money or valuable possessions
 
raid
(verb) an attack by criminals on a building where they believe they can steal something
 
savvy
(adjective) having common sense and good judgment
 
outfit
(verb) to provide someone with clothing or equipment
 
play off
(verb) to use one person or thing against another
 
elaborate
(adjective) having many carefully arranged parts or details
 
plunder
(noun) things taken by force from a defeated enemy
 
spell out
(verb) to explain something clearly and in detail
 
regardless
(adverb) without considering something or being affected by it
 
crushing
(adjective) very severe or damaging
 
inconclusive
(adjective) not having a clear result or decision
 
combatant
(noun) a person who is fighting in a war or battle
 
hostage
(noun) a person who is being kept prisoner by someone who is demanding something in return
for their release
 
merciful
(adjective) showing kindness and compassion to people who are suffering
 
ruthless
(adjective) having or showing no pity or mercy
 
massacre
(noun) the killing of a large number of people, especially in a violent and cruel way
 
stricken
(adjective) deeply affected by something such as illness, grief, or poverty
 
leverage
(verb) to use something to maximum advantage
 
outclass
(verb) to be much better than someone or something else
 
might
(noun) the power to do something
 
conniving
(adjective) behaving in a way that is intended to deceive or trick someone

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