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[self-stahyld] /ˈsɛlfˈstaɪld/
styled, called, or considered by oneself as specified:
a self-styled leader.
Origin of self-styled
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Your conduct contrasts favourably with that of many of his self-styled adherents.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I had no self-styled "friends" at my elbow, to mock me by talking about my "talents!"

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • They were not the people to give 210 livres to a self-styled Pucelle without examining her personally.

  • And what the Spoiler has spared, the self-styled Restorer has too often ruined.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • Was this self-styled priest the emissary of some Eastern organization bent upon destroying the flower of the Western hierarchy?

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
British Dictionary definitions for self-styled


(prenominal) claiming to be of a specified nature, quality, profession, etc: a self-styled expert
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-styled

1833, from self- + past tense of style (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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