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 formsself-ap·point·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-appointed

Contemporary Examples of self-appointed

Historical Examples of self-appointed

  • 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.



  • 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 othersa self-appointed critic
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Word Origin and History for self-appointed

1750, from self- + appointed.

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