satrap

noun
sa·​trap | \ˈsā-ˌtrap also ˈsa-ˌtrap or ˈsa-trəp \

Definition of satrap 

1 : the governor of a province in ancient Persia

2a : ruler

b : a subordinate official : henchman

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The Washington Post fairly well teed up Senior Presidential Adviser and obvious White House merit hire Jared Kushner as both a threat to national security and as a sucker that various satraps and oligarchs can see coming from a mile off. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "How Do You Deal with This Much Nonsense?," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of satrap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satrap

Middle English, from Latin satrapes, from Greek satrapēs, from Old Persian khshathrapāvan, literally, protector of the dominion

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