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hench·man

 (hĕnch′mən)
n.
1. A loyal and trusted follower or subordinate, especially one who engages in unscrupulous or criminal behavior on the leader's behalf.
2. A person who supports a political figure chiefly out of selfish interests.
3. A member of a criminal gang.
4. Obsolete A page to a prince or other person of high rank.

[Scots hanchman, alteration (probably influenced by Scots hainch, hench, haunch, as of a horse) of Early Modern English hensman, henchman, attendant who walks or rides beside a person of rank in processions on horseback, from Middle English hengsman : hengest, steed, horse (from Old English, from Germanic *hangistaz, stallion; akin to Lithuanian šankus, quick, nimble, and Welsh caseg, mare) + man, man; see man (the Middle English compound probably being formed on the model of Old Norse hestamaðr, groom : hestr, stallion + maðr, man).]
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henchman

(ˈhɛntʃmən)
n, pl -men
1. a faithful attendant or supporter
2. archaic a squire; page
[C14: hengestman, from Old English hengest stallion + man; related to Old Norse hestr horse, Old High German hengist gelding]
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hench•man

(ˈhɛntʃ mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, esp. a member of a criminal gang.
2. a political supporter or adherent, esp. one motivated by the hope of personal gain.
3. a trusted attendant or follower.
4. Obs. a squire or page.
[1325–75; Middle English henchman, henksman, hengestman, appar. = Old English hengest stallion (c. Old High German hengist) + man man]
hench′man•ship`, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.henchman - someone who assists in a plothenchman - someone who assists in a plot  
accessary, accessory - someone who helps another person commit a crime
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henchman

noun attendant, supporter, heavy (slang), associate, aide, follower, subordinate, bodyguard, minder (slang), crony, sidekick (slang), cohort (chiefly U.S.), right-hand man, minion, satellite, myrmidon Mad Frankie Fraser, one time henchman of the Krays' arch rivals
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henchman

noun
One who supports and adheres to another:
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Translations
نصير سياسي مُخْلِص
pomahačstoupenec
håndlanger
bérenc: vkinek bérencecsatlósa
handbendi
parankinis
līdzskrējējsrokaspuisis
prisluhovač
güvenilir adamsadık yardımcı

henchman

[ˈhentʃmən] N (henchmen (pl)) (esp Pol) (= follower) → secuaz m; (= guard) → guardaespaldas m inv
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henchman

[ˈhɛntʃmən] n (pejorative)homme m de main
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henchman

n pl <-men> (pej)Spießgeselle m, → Kumpan m
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henchman

[ˈhɛntʃmən] n (-men (pl)) (follower) → accolito (pej) → scagnozzo
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henchman

(ˈhentʃmən) plural ˈhenchmen noun
a loyal supporter, especially one who obeys the leader's orders without question. a politician/gangster and his henchmen.
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References in classic literature ?
The only wise Republicans are the millionnaires and their conscious henchmen. They know which side their bread is buttered on, and they know why."
On press on, My henchmen, haste with double speed to the tomb Where rocks down-torn have made a gap, look in And tell me if in truth I recognize The voice of Haemon or am heaven-deceived." So at the bidding of our distraught lord We looked, and in the craven's vaulted gloom I saw the maiden lying strangled there, A noose of linen twined about her neck; And hard beside her, clasping her cold form, Her lover lay bewailing his dead bride Death-wedded, and his father's cruelty.
Achmet Zek sat straight in his saddle before his henchmen.
The shots that had been fired at Tarzan missed him, and he would have been upon Rokoff in another instant had not the great coward dodged backward between his two henchmen, and, screaming in hysterical terror, bolted forward toward the forecastle.
The Dyaks, whose orders as well as inclinations incited them to a general massacre, fell first upon Bududreen's lascars who, cornered in the small room, fought like demons for their lives, so that when the Dyaks had overcome them two of their own number lay dead beside the dead bodies of Bududreen's henchmen.
For that matter, the professional men and the artists are at this present moment villeins in everything but name, while the politicians are henchmen. Why do you, Mr.
They had no authority beyond that; for the inspection of meat to be sold in the city and state the whole force in Packingtown consisted of three henchmen of the local political machine!*
The white man and three of his black henchmen were coming straight across the clearing toward the tent.
He watched her take the water, diving cleanly, like a boy, from the end of the little pier; and he watched her strike out with single overhand stroke, her henchmen swimming a dozen feet on either side.
When the outer meats were done they drew them off the spits and sat down to dinner where they were waited upon by some worthy henchmen, who kept pouring them out their wine in cups of gold.
In a moment Hook was himself again, and Smee and Starkey were his faithful henchmen.
When the little man had left the apartment Peter of Colfax summoned his squire whom he had send to him at once one of his faithful henchmen.