an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, especially a criminal: The leader of the gang went everywhere accompanied by his henchmen.
an unscrupulous supporter or adherent of a political figure or cause, especially one motivated by the hope of personal gain: Hitler and his henchmen.
a trusted attendant, supporter, or follower.
Obsolete. a squire or page.
- hench·man·ship, noun
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How to use henchman in a sentence
Against this backdrop, Duterte and his henchmen have moved against longstanding political enemies.Rodrigo Duterte Is Using One of the World's Longest COVID-19 Lockdowns to Strengthen His Grip on the Philippines | Aie Balagtas See / Manila | March 15, 2021 | Time
He’s seen as a corporate henchman and traitor to progressive causes.Why Larry Summers Still Triggers Washington. (It Isn’t His Economics.) | Philip Elliott | February 8, 2021 | Time
Mr. Duffy, it happened, was Big Bill Duffy, a jolly henchman of Owney Madden, the racketeer.
That has the Journal newsroom worrying they could end up working for a controversial Rupert henchman.
En route, Tron encounters the MCP's henchman, Sark, and the two battle it out cyberstyle.
“He was always in the political equation,” Nixon henchman Chuck Colson once told me.
Finally, there were Coronado and his terrible henchman, Texas Smith, with their rifles and revolvers.Overland | John William De Forest
He does so, and kind Tim "fixes it up," gaining thereby another loyal henchman.The Old World in the New | Edward Alsworth Ross
His name was Nevil Ormm, nobody was quite sure whence he had come, and he was Dunnan's henchman and constant companion.Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
Evidently Duke Angus had dropped whatever he was doing as soon as he heard what his henchman had to tell him.Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper
As reinforcements came up, McCane and his henchman backed against a pile of timber.The Boss of Wind River | David Goodger (email@example.com)
British Dictionary definitions for henchman
a faithful attendant or supporter
archaic a squire; page
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