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Dragoon


DRAGOON, noun [G., L, an ensign bearer; dragon; an appellation given to horsemen, perhaps for their rapidity or fierceness.] A soldier or musketeer who serves on horseback or on foot, as occasion may require. Their arms are a sword, a musket and a bayonet.

DRAGOON, verb transitive

1. To persecute by abandoning a place to the rage of soldiers.

2. To enslave or reduce to subjection by soldiers.

3. To harass; to persecute; to compel to submit by violent measures; to force. [This is the more usual sense.]

The colonies may be influenced to any thing, but they can de dragooned to nothing.