I need one single word that is synonymous to "bold display of power/might/hold/domination in some place" .It would be much appreciated if someone can provide me a noun otherwise a verb will also do it.

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    Not a single word, but the phrase show of force is often used. Similarly, shock and awe and shot across the bow.
    – bib
    Jan 22, 2016 at 17:47
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    Jan 22, 2016 at 20:19

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Tour de force

A feat or display of strength, skill, or ingenuity

per Webster's


You could consider:

Pretentious display meant to impress others; pretentious showiness.

Archaic The act or an instance of showing; an exhibition.

A public performance or display, especially one on a large or lavish scale.

vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger


Depending on context, consider:


An ostentatious show; an exhibition AHD

grandstand play

noun phrase

  1. A play made with special brilliance and brio, esp in order to impress the spectators.

  2. Any action, speech, tactic, etc, designed to appeal to spectators; a tour de force : The President's pronouncement's just a grandstand play(1888+ Baseball) The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, PhD.


Perhaps, to conquer, to subjugate or to master. A noun - maybe elite? blowhard?

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    None of these are synonymous with a Display of power
    – Chenmunka
    Jan 22, 2016 at 20:13

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