I’m trying to recall a word I’m fairly sure exists. It means to assume power (over a particular domain) without justification. Like “accroach” but specific to power. Except I don’t think it’s a verb, I think it’s an adjective that can be applied to a person to describe their behaviour (with negative connotations). So one could say, “When he took it upon himself to create rota for washing dishes, even though Graeme is responsible for the kitchen, Mike showed himself to be a ______ individual.” Though I don’t think implications of usurping are required.
What's the term for the solid team player who isn't a star and isn't the most talented but always reliably gets the job done? Synonyms would be "go-to" (or bastion, stalwart, linchpin, pillar, or bulwark). But the thesauruses I've tried haven't coughed up the word I'm looking for.
Is there a simple, pretty, clean, non-judgmental term that can describe the state of feeling something strongly that is not correct in a larger context? While I’ve seen terms that capture aspects of this, they have problems: Michael Kimmel’s description of “angry white men” as experiencing “aggreived entitlement” is tied to the decline of privilege. “Misapprehension“ and “misperception” capture the incorrect reading of reality but not the sentiment.
We're embarking on the start of a significant earthworks project, and will be having an official "sod turning" ceremony for dignitaries and the like. The problem is, we hate the term "sod turning." Is there another, grander, more dignified term (groundbreaking is one, but still doesn't seem quite right) that the collective genius of the green can suggest? Google-fu is failing me.
Asking for a friend. Said friend is: A) Tired of writing "synonyms and antonyms" over and over B) Trying to shorten the paper she's writing that contains this phrase. [more inside]
I need one word, in singular form, that is synonymous with product, service, and experience (experience as in, taking a tour, sitting for a lecture, watching a live band..) The company I am working for provides many products, services and experiences for their customers, and I need a single, general noun that describes all of these. Help!
I'm trying to find a word that conveys both strength (foundation, well built framework, difficult to break, potential for growth) and efficiency (basic, best use of resources, no embellishments). [more inside]
A friend is searching for "a word that describes the state of knowing something but being unable to express it". Not by physical defect or injury, but like being tongue-tied. He's looking for one word only.
A friend of mine is seeking the title of an old children's book about synonyms and language; his description inside. [more inside]
Is there a specific word for those rolling, pull-down gates that cover up storefronts in old-school cities (Brooklyn, Barcelona) at night? Here's a picture of the kind of gates I mean. [more inside]
I need a synonym for 'indebted' that begins with E. [more inside]
Many adjectives used to describe overweight men in a nonoffensive manner can also be used to describe muscular men (i.e. stout, beefy, etc.). What are some adjectives that describe, with a positive or neutral connotation, the state of being both male and overweight, but that are not used (or at least not commonly used) to describe muscular men as well? [more inside]
I need famous people whose last names are synonyms of "goodbye." [more inside]
A database by any other name ... [more inside]
I'm playing (oracle) DBA for a day over the next two weeks and need to create public synonyms for all tables in a schema. How would I go about doing so? [more inside]