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Legion, 1) a body of infantry with the ancient Romans, consisting of about six thousand men: Caes. IV, 3, 76. Caes. IV, 3, 76 V, 2, 2. V, 3, 53. Ant. III, 7, 59. Ant. III, 7, 59 III, 10, 34. III, 13, 22. Cymb. II, 4, 18. III, 7, 4. III, 7, 4 IV, 2, 333. IV, 3, 24.
2) any military force: John II, 59. H6A IV, 4, 16.
3) any great number: “many --s of true hearts,” Sonn. 154, 6. “many --s of strange fantasies,” John V, 7, 18. Used, by eminence, of the hosts of hell: Tp. III, 3, 103. H5 II, 2, 124. R3 I, 4, 58. Mcb. IV, 3, 55. Hence, jocularly: he hath a l. (O. Edd. legend) “of angels,” Wiv. I, 3, 59 (quibbling). Treated as a noun proper, to denote a compound of all the devils of hell: “if all the devils of hell be drawn in little, and L. himself possessed him,” Tw. III, 4, 95 (Sir Toby's speech).
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