I'm trying to write a letter to the editor of my local paper about their report of a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him. Is there a word for this? He's a bit of an egoist, demanding to speak at city council meetings after the public hearing portion of the meeting has been closed.
For one-worders, I like @Robusto's "self-important" and @Nick's "presumptuous."
I'll add "inconsiderate," since I don't see that it's been added yet.
I've also described people with similar tendencies as "having an unjustified sense of entitlement," though I usually leave out "unjustified."
"scofflaw" is a fine word, but it's almost an archaic usage. I just haven't heard it in non-facetious, non-ironic usage in USAmerican language. "bumptious" falls into this category as well. Nothing wrong with the word, but not used much. It can be used. Maybe you'll use it and start a trend. Of course then it might become a cliché .
"sociopath" is probably the correct diagnosis, and so has the advantage of being literally correct. Probably a bit inflammatory (unless you mean to be inflammatory, in which case, have at it).
I don't feel "loose cannon" is correct here, unless the OP has a different sense of the person in question than I'm getting. Usually a loose cannon is someone who is institutionally entrenched and whose character is endangering either the institution or those it comes it contact with.
scofflaw : –noun 1. a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed. 2. a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.
You could try self-important.
Perhaps bumptious or presumptuous
What—nobody thought of "pompous"? From Webster:
pompous - having or exhibiting self-importance : arrogant
Sociopath could be a possibility.
Perhaps not a single word, but a phrase: your man is acting with impunity. Quite literally; as if the laws of the meeting don't apply to him.
exemption or immunity from punishment or recrimination
The word renegade comes to my mind.
That would seem to fit the bill.
Insensitive? Insensible? Callous, as in "callous disregard"?
You can use egocentric, or egocentristic.
A "Maverick" is someone who thinks the rules don't apply to them.
The lead character in the movie Top Gun probably earned his callsign "Maverick" by being a maverick. While I expect the term didn't originate in that movie, the phrase "God damn it, Maverick!" has certainly secured a place in populate culture.
A common epithet in use for such a person, and which captures the exact attitude of self-aggrandisement, is God-almighty.
OED defines them as one who poses or is regarded by others, chiefly derisively, as omnipotent.
Deluded, entitled, overgrown spoilt brat.
He's a loose cannon:
an unpredictable or uncontrolled person who is likely to cause unintentional damage.
-New Oxford American
a person whose reckless behavior endangers the efforts or welfare of others.
(My initial answer was going to be maverick, but this led me to loose cannon and I liked it better.)
What about misfit since you said 'rules doesn't apply to him'?
Or a (self-centered) eccentric ?
Does "eccentric" really have positive connotation?
Nobody better encapsulates Google’s ambitions, its ethics, and its worldview. At the same time, Page can be eccentric, arrogant, and secretive. Under his leadership, the company will be even harder to predict.
May be a bit extreme but: psychopath or megalomaniac
I kind of like "self-important gadfly", but that's just me. "Gadfly" can have positive connotations when not qualified.
How about Rebel? Rebels resist convention.
Perhaps solipsist might work here?
What about just selfish? He certainly seems so.
How about prima donna, one who thinks the rules apply to others and not them.
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