would-be

[wood-bee]
adjective
1.
wishing or pretending to be: a would-be wit.
2.
intended to be: a would-be kindness.
noun
3.
a person who wishes or pretends to be something: Opera singers and would-bes should practice at least four hours a day.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English (adj.)

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would-be
 
adj
1.  derogatory usually wanting or professing to be: a would-be politician
2.  intended to be: would-be generosity
 
n
3.  derogatory a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not
4.  (Indian) the person to whom one is is engaged to be married; fiancé or fiancée

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His mother was a wouldbe playwright and summer playhouse owner.
The waves of arrests undoubtedly had a deterring effect on any wouldbe flq supporters.
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