Pronunciation: (hench'mun), [key]
pl. -men.

1. an unscrupulous and ruthless subordinate, esp. a criminal: The leader of the gang went everywhere accompanied by his henchmen.
2. an unscrupulous supporter or adherent of a political figure or cause, esp. one motivated by the hope of personal gain: Hitler and his henchmen.
3. a trusted attendant, supporter, or follower.
4. Obs.a squire or page.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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