Premise: I want to become a bad man for a little while. What verb would fit here?

Let me ___ a hateful man

I think "become" or "be" may be too strong considering it's just going to last some minutes.

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I do not think you will find a single word to fit your sentence, but the following work well enough I would say:-

Let me experience being a hateful man

Let me try being a hateful man

Let me experiment as a hateful man

  • One question. If I say "let me be a hateful man", what is it that I'm conveying?
    – The Beast
    Mar 13, 2017 at 2:49
  • @TheBeast This depends on the context. To answer in light of your original question first, you could 'be a hateful man' for a second , hours, days, years or a lifetime. So the phrase does not exclude the use you have mentioned (where you are going to be hateful for a short period of time) however it also doesn't make it explicit, that you are only going to be hateful for a short period of time either, which the above phrases do a better job of intimating. In terms of what is being conveyed. You are conveying the desire that you 'want to' exist as a hateful man. / continued
    – Gary
    Mar 13, 2017 at 2:53
  • Depending on the tone, this could mean just that literally, or it could mean, something is preventing you from being a hateful man, and you want whatever is preventing you to be gone, such that you can 'be a hateful man'.
    – Gary
    Mar 13, 2017 at 2:53

Perhaps embody?

Let me embody a hateful man.

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