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Implies disapproval and a lack of moral or ethical values in taking up causes for personal gain. SlidePeople viewed him as a mercenary, uninterested in the righteous cause.
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Historically neutral when describing soldiers in past conflicts, such as mercenaries in medieval times. SlideMedieval mercenaries were common in European wars.
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Often appears in literature and media, depicting a character with complex moral ambiguity. SlideThe mercenary's loyalty shifted as the war progressed.