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English definition of “hector”

hector

verb [T]     /ˈhek.tər/ US  /-tɚ/ disapproving
to talk and behave towards someone in a loud and unpleasantly forceful way, especially in order to get them to act or think as you wantWays of talking hectoring     /-ɪŋ/ adjective He had a loud, hectoring manner.Ways of talking
(Definition of hector verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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