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Hector

[ hek-ter ]
/ ˈhɛk tər /
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noun

Classical Mythology. the eldest son of Priam and husband of Andromache: the greatest Trojan hero in the Trojan War, killed by Achilles.
(lowercase) a blustering, domineering person; a bully.
a male given name.

verb (used with object)

(lowercase) to treat with insolence; bully; torment: The teacher hectored his students incessantly.

verb (used without object)

(lowercase) to act in a blustering, domineering way; be a bully.

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Origin of Hector

<Latin <Greek Héktōr, special use of adj. héktōr holding fast
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British Dictionary definitions for Hector (1 of 2)

hector
/ (ˈhɛktə) /

verb

to bully or torment

noun

a blustering bully

Word Origin for hector

C17: after Hector (the son of Priam), in the sense: a bully

British Dictionary definitions for Hector (2 of 2)

Hector
/ (ˈhɛktə) /

noun

classical myth a son of King Priam of Troy, who was killed by Achilles
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Cultural definitions for Hector

Hector

In classical mythology, a prince of Troy and the bravest of the Trojan warriors. At the end of the Trojan War (see also Trojan War), Achilles killed Hector and then dragged his body behind a chariot around the walls of Troy.

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