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 for henchman
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Henchman \Hench"man\ (h[e^]nch"man), n.; pl. -men (-men). [OE.
     hencheman, henxman; prob. fr. OE. & AS. hengest horse + E.
     man, and meaning, a groom. AS. hengest is akin to D. & G.
     hengst stallion, OHG. hengist horse, gelding.]
     An attendant; a servant; a follower. Now chiefly used as a
     political cant term.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: someone who assists in a plot [syn: confederate,
           collaborator, henchman, partner in crime]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "henchman":
     adherent, appendage, associate, attendant, bodyguard, buddy, buff,
     cavaliere servente, cohort, confidant, courtier, creature, crony,
     dangler, dependent, disciple, dummy, fan, figurehead, flunky,
     follower, following, gangster, gillie, goon, gunsel, hanger-on,
     hatchet man, heavy, heeler, homme de cour, hooligan, jackal,
     lackey, man, minion, myrmidon, parasite, partisan, public, puppet,
     pursuer, pursuivant, retainer, right-hand man, satellite, sectary,
     servant, shadow, sidekick, stooge, successor, supporter, sycophant,
     tagtail, tail, thug, torpedo, trainbearer, votary, ward heeler

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