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a person who teases, threatens, or hurts smaller, weaker, or more vulnerable persons
  • law penalizing debt collection agencies that operate like hectors

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to make timid or fearful by or as if by threats
  • the judge warned the attorney that hectoring the witness with aggressive questioning would not be allowed

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bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound mean to harass by efforts to break down. bait implies wanton cruelty or delight in persecuting a helpless victim. baited the chained dog badger implies pestering so as to drive a person to confusion or frenzy. badgered her father for a car heckle implies persistent annoying or belligerent interruptions of a speaker. drunks heckled the stand-up comic hector carries an implication of bullying and domineering. football players hectored by their coach chivy suggests persecution by teasing or nagging. chivied the new student mercilessly hound implies unrelenting pursuit and harassing. hounded by creditors

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“Hector.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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