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self-taught

[ self-tawt ]

adjective

  1. having become as specified by teaching oneself, without the aid of formal education:

    She’s a self-taught photographer who sells her work online.

  2. learned by oneself:

    Particularly impressive is his self-taught mastery of the guitar.



self-taught

adjective

  1. having learnt oneself without any external or formal instruction


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Word History and Origins

Origin of self-taught1

First recorded in 1715–25

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Example Sentences

Tuchman was often criticized by academicians for being a self-taught historian with only a BA.

The 25-year-old self-taught sewer caters her designs to what her customers want.

Often their religion is self-taught, cherry-picking slogans from the religious texts or, these days, from videos on the Web.

She has a blog, Fox on Stocks, where the self-taught savant holds forth on the ins and outs of the market.

Chen is a self-taught legal advocate but was never allowed to take formal law courses.

In many of his pictures he gives the impression of a self-taught man, who sought to help himself to the best of his power.

This letter was addressed to one John Smybert, also a self-taught artist.

With singular good luck he found the means of carrying out his design in a self-taught mechanic, James Brindley.

His speech was the elaborated and painfully emphasized English of the self-taught East Sider.

The eight-hour movement drew its inspiration from an economic theory advanced by a self-taught Boston machinist, Ira Steward.

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