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hector

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Synonyms for hector

  • browbeat
  • irritate
  • nag
  • badger
  • bait
  • bluster
  • dominate
  • harass
  • heckle
  • intimidate
  • plague
  • ride
  • swagger
  • tease
  • torment
  • worry
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Antonyms for hector

  • assuage
  • please
  • aid
  • assist
  • encourage
  • help
  • support
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HECTOR

Hector, the bulwark of Troy, had fallen, and the ruin of the city was at hand.

If the Devil did not run away with Hector Marot, pray who did?

Even Hector cut his stick (with Achilles after him) at the siege of Troy.

She will have but a poor opinion of me, if I do not appear an offended Hector!

Hector Hall interposed, his voice a growl between his teeth.

Did he––did Hector Hall sling a gun on Mr. Mackenzie that time?

Hector Hall had come to collect his outstanding account at last.

Compare the story of Hector and Andromache with some famous passage from any of these writers.

Imagine the death of Hector in the hands of Dickens or Hardy.

But sad grief darkened the mind of Hector, on account of his charioteer.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "a valiant warrior," 1650s as slang for "a blustering, turbulent, pervicacious, noisy fellow" [Johnson], Heck for short, both in reference to the provocative character of Hektor, Trojan hero, oldest son of Priam and Hecuba, in the "Iliad." It represents Greek hektor, literally "holder, stayer;" an agent noun from ekhein "to have, hold, possess" (see scheme). The word was used mid-1600s in reference to London street gangs. As a proper name it is rare in England but used in Scotland to render Gaelic Eachdonn.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HECTOR

bluster

verbbully, intimidate
  • badger
  • boast
  • brag
  • brazen
  • browbeat
  • bulldoze
  • cow
  • crow
  • domineer
  • gloat
  • hector
  • rant
  • rave
  • ride the high horse
  • roar
  • roister
  • shoot off one's mouth
  • show off
  • storm
  • strut
  • swagger
  • swell
  • talk big
  • vapor
  • vaunt
  • yap
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