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Melantius

A brave, honest soldier, who believes everyone to be true and honest till convicted of crime, and then is he a relentless punisher. (Beaumont and Fletcher The Maid's Tragedy.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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