What is the word/expression/phrase/idiom for "demand something without saying it"?

For instance, if my father expects me to "show" respect by standing up when he walks into the room, I could say - My father ______________ (demand without saying it) respect. He will not say that I have to stand up, but he will be passive-aggressive if I don't show respect.

  • I am not sure if there is a word to mean silently expect. Expects can fill the blank but expectations can be vocal too. Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 5:59
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    He commands respect? "3 [with object] Be in a strong enough position to have or secure. ... ‘he commanded considerable personal loyalty’" ODO en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/command
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 7:08
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    "b : to demand or receive as one's due " MW merriam-webster.com/dictionary/command
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 7:21
  • @alwayslearning: I would favor "implicitly expects" over "silently expects".
    – Flater
    Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 7:41
  • @Kris I think that's worth an answer... Commented Jul 18, 2017 at 8:42

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The person in question has a sense of entitlement. See the ODO example below which talks of someone's anger indirectly expressing their sense of entitlement. For the sample sentence, we can use the verb form entitle (entitled to).

My father feels entitled to respect.



1.2 The belief that one is inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.

‘His anger might also have betrayed his sense of entitlement.’


1 (often be entitled to) Give (someone) a legal right or a just claim to receive or do something.

‘Every natural and legal person is entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of his possessions.’

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