- calling oneself thus; self-styled.
- so-called or pretended.
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Examples from the Web for soi-disant
This, as the soi-disant Abbot was seen approaching along the path.The Free Lances
It is plain that the soi-disant Shakspeare was poor to the end of his days.
And accordingly he tendered a purse with some gold in it to the soi-disant captain.Bride of Lammermoor
Sir Walter Scott
Martin is a soi-disant rational Christian, if I mistake him not.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)
Now the folding-doors were ajar, and the soi-disant Mrs. Oldfield peeped.A Terrible Temptation
- so-called; self-styled
literally: calling oneself
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