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[self-uh-poin-tid] /ˈsɛlf əˈpɔɪn tɪd/
chosen by oneself to act in a certain capacity or to fulfill a certain function, especially pompously or self-righteously:
a self-appointed guardian of the public's morals.
Origin of self-appointed
First recorded in 1790-1800
Related forms
self-appointment, noun Unabridged
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  • They were not good enough, said their self-appointed leader.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • How about that "committee of one" self-appointed at town meeting?

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But just consider what these self-appointed generals have achieved for you.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • This self-appointed guide was no negro, no mulatto, of that Manuel was sure.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Probably in half an hour I was relieved of my self-appointed task.

British Dictionary definitions for self-appointed


having assumed authority without the agreement of others: a self-appointed critic
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Word Origin and History for self-appointed

1750, from self- + appointed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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