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hector

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of hector

  1. a person who teases, threatens, or hurts smaller or weaker persons a small-town hector with no job and lots of time on his hands Synonyms of hector bullyboy, bully, intimidatorWords Related to hector antagonist, enemy; abuser, baiter, giber (or jiber), harasser, harrier, heckler, mocker, needler, oppressor, persecutor, ridiculer, taunter, tease, teaser, torturer; goon, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, mug, punk, rough, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, thug, tough, toughie (also toughy); cutthroat, felon, gangster, gunman, mobster, racketeer


hector

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of hector

  1. to make timid or fearful by or as if by threats the children used to constantly hector the poor dog, and now he growls at everybody Synonyms of hector blackjack, bogart, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, bullyrag, cow, intimidate, mau-mau, strong-armWords Related to hector bluster, trash-talk; affright, alarm (also alarum), frighten, horrify, scare, shock, spook, startle, terrify; menace, terrorize, threaten; badger, harass, hound; bludgeon, coerce, compel, constrain, dragoon, force, make, oblige, press, pressure, push around; demoralize, psych (out), unman, unnerve; discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, upsetNear Antonyms of hector cheer, comfort, console, reassure, solace, soothe; embolden, encourage, hearten, steel; convince, persuade

Synonym Discussion of hector

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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