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henchman (noun) – 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.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The earliest known examples of today’s word 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 in the 14th century and is a combination of Old English hengest (“a male horse”) and man. In the mid-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.

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