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[self-uh-poin-tid] /ˈsɛlf əˈpɔɪn tɪd/
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
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self-appointment, noun Unabridged
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  • The leaders are self-appointed, hold singular authority to determine right and wrong and stand in absolute judgement of everyone.
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  • For ten years, two zealous, self-appointed investigators of scientific fraud made headlines--and enemies.
  • They developed policies that truncated liberty on the basis of self-appointed superiority.
  • It is not handled by some self-appointed vigilante who take it upon himself to avenge any affront to another.
  • Instead, they ran rings around their self-appointed rulers.
  • He was always dubious of the self-appointed saint pretending to absolute virtue.
  • The self-appointed watchdog of a growing industry.
  • The movement once had real policy goals, but its self-appointed bosses now preach opposition for opposition's sake.
British Dictionary definitions for self-appointed


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

1750, from self- + appointed.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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