Synonyms for would-be
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WOULD-BE
Angelo, the would-be Puritan ruler, was a "false seemer," Malvolio was a "chough."
Then she called me to her by name in a would-be pompous manner.
She was like that chap from Detroit, that would-be perfect all-round man.
Again I saw that he was concerned solely with his humiliation as a would-be host.
"Fighting again," the father said, in a would-be fierce voice.
These are the accents, soft and low, in which we address the would-be criminal.
What did he care about the bye-gone aspirations of other would-be suitors?
The students, who did not recognize their would-be fare, enjoyed the race.
As I went out I noticed that the would-be governess had disappeared.
But I intend to show these would-be wits what the blood of a De Croustillac is!