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soi-disant

[swa-dee-zahn]
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adjective French.
  1. calling oneself thus; self-styled.
  2. so-called or pretended.
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Historical Examples

  • This, as the soi-disant Abbot was seen approaching along the path.

    The Free Lances

    Mayne Reid

  • 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.

  • Now the folding-doors were ajar, and the soi-disant Mrs. Oldfield peeped.


British Dictionary definitions for soi-disant

soi-disant

adjective
  1. so-called; self-styled
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Word Origin

literally: calling oneself
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