hector
[ hek-ter ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle English; From the mythical Trojan warrior of the same name. Originally denoting a hero, it morphed to become braggart or bully, especially in the late 17th century when applied to London youth gang members.
Synonyms
    1.
  • badger
  • heckle
  • harass
  • tease
    2.
  • irritate
  • bluster
  • torment
  • dominate
Antonyms
    1.
  • assist
  • help
  • support
    2.
  • assuage
  • aid
  • encourage
Definition
1. to treat with insolence; bully; torment
2. to act in a blustering, domineering way; be a bully
Examples
1. A) He began to hector his classmates, while the teacher pretended not to notice. B) If you didn't hector her all the time, she probably would have been more inclined to help you now.
2. A) He just likes to hector his employees to make himself feel big in his middle-management position. B) After years of putting up with it, she wouldn't let him hector her any longer.
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