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Examples of henchman in a Sentence
a gangster surrounded by his henchmen
Recent Examples of henchman from the Web
Why do the henchmen wear black mouth-guards and have silver eyes?
But Daryl’s brother manages to redeem himself before his death by releasing Michonne and taking out some of The Governor’s henchmen.
The final scene leaves her in the lurch as her house goes up in flames and Faust dons a devil’s mask before trudging off to hell along with Satan and his four mini-devil henchmen.
Instead, through a combination of Chávez’s misguided theories and a general failure to invest in the company and installing his personal henchmen to run it, production of Venezuelan oil has fallen by nearly half.
Louie was a henchman for a mafia boss known as Fat Tony.
He and three of his henchmen were convicted and, on March 12, 1946, they were hanged.
The passage describes the actions of Roccolenus, a henchman from northern France, who planned to ransack the city of Tours.
When Ana's mild-mannered coworker turns out to be evil due to everyone in the publishing industry being a murderer and/or henchman.
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Did You Know?
The earliest known examples of henchman in written English show it being used as a term for a squire or a page, but the word may have seen earlier use with the meaning "groom." It first appeared in Middle English at the beginning of the 15th century and is a combination of Old English hengest ("a male horse") and man. In the late 1700s, henchman began to be used for the personal attendant of a Scottish Highland chief. This sense, made familiar to many English readers by Sir Walter Scott, led to the word's use in the broader sense of "right-hand man," which in turn evolved into the other meanings.
Origin and Etymology of henchman
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
HENCHMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of henchman for English Language Learners
: a trusted follower or supporter who performs unpleasant, wrong, or illegal tasks for a powerful person (such as a politician or criminal)
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