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Examples of henchman in a Sentence
a gangster surrounded by his henchmen
Recent Examples of henchman from the Web
Along the way are rowdy choir boys, a nosy Sacristan, a wistful shepherd boy, and a gallery of malevolent henchmen.
One accompanies her into the café, buzz-cut and barrel-chested, like a cartoon henchman.
But my major beef with the character development is that most of the Avengers, Thanos and many of his henchmen all had the same power: the ability to shoot light out of their hands.
The politician’s henchmen allegedly continued to intimidate her family into silence, and earlier this month badly beat her father.
The trailer features Brock first finding the alien creature within himself, which has its plus sides dealing with henchman of evil Dr. Carlton Drake, played by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Riz Ahmed.
And his henchmen and spawn: Jean-Michel, Kenny Scharf, the Fun Gallery and all its associations.
Opposing this villain, and his masked henchman Skeletron, is Frederic, a Clint Eastwood-ish cowboy famed for his arm-wrestling abilities.
Now he's irked enough to get the job done himself: With his Black Order henchmen in tow, Thanos comes to our world to collect the stones in his gauntlet, which will give him the power to rule the galaxy.
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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.
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)
HENCHMAN Defined for Kids
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