self-appointed

[ self-uh-poin-tid ]
/ ˈsɛlf əˈpɔɪn tɪd /
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adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. self-analysis,
  2. self-analyzed,
  3. self-annealing,
  4. self-annihilation,
  5. self-antigen,
  6. self-assembly,
  7. self-assertion,
  8. self-assertive,
  9. self-assessment,
  10. self-assurance

Origin of self-appointed

First recorded in 1790–1800

Related formsself-ap·point·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for self-appointed

self-appointed

adjective

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

self-appointed

adj.

1750, from self- + appointed.

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