[ self-uh-poin-tid ]

  1. 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

Other words from self-appointed

  • self-ap·point·ment, noun

Words Nearby self-appointed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use self-appointed in a sentence

  • My self-appointed host, whose name was Goodell, waved me to a chair, and took one opposite.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • By pairs the villagers departed, and soon none remained save her self-appointed guardians, the two holy men.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
  • There is the board of guardians, nominally elected, really selected, and almost self-appointed.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
  • "You were the self-appointed guardian of the water supply," Voronoff spat out the words.

    The Lost Warship | Robert Moore Williams
  • Following half a dozen self-appointed guides, Mary picked her way to the stairway and looked down.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land | Annie Fellows Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for self-appointed


  1. having assumed authority without the agreement of others: a self-appointed critic

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