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Word that means assumes power without justification

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.
posted by kyten on Jan 9, 2016 - 24 answers

Trying to Think of a Sports Cliche

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.
posted by Quisp Lover on Oct 19, 2015 - 38 answers

A good word for feelings that are real but not true?

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.
posted by Going To Maine on Oct 5, 2015 - 22 answers

Flipping the verge? Pitching the peat?

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.
posted by liquado on Apr 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What's a word that describes synonyms and antonyms together?

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]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Mar 31, 2014 - 4 answers

What single word describes these things that my employer sells?

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!
posted by Glendale on May 21, 2013 - 21 answers

what's that word that means strength and efficiencey?

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]
posted by rebent on Jun 29, 2011 - 30 answers

Help me find this word!

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.
posted by jeffrygardner on Jan 2, 2011 - 26 answers

Seeking title of old children's book having to do with synonyms and language

A friend of mine is seeking the title of an old children's book about synonyms and language; his description inside. [more inside]
posted by chazlarson on Feb 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Word for steel gates pulled down over storefronts at night?

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]
posted by jcruelty on Nov 9, 2009 - 28 answers

Synonym for indebted, beginning with E

I need a synonym for 'indebted' that begins with E. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Jun 18, 2009 - 20 answers

"When I'm goin' to the movies / I take up seven rows because I'm ... "

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]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 10, 2007 - 52 answers

Need last names that are synonyms for goodbye.

I need famous people whose last names are synonyms of "goodbye." [more inside]
posted by matkline on Nov 11, 2006 - 32 answers

Need Synonym for "Database"

A database by any other name ... [more inside]
posted by Araucaria on Mar 6, 2006 - 5 answers


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]
posted by furtive on Jul 27, 2005 - 7 answers

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