self-appointed

[self-uh-poin-tid]
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.

Origin:
1790–1800

self-appointment, noun
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self-appointed
 
adj
having assumed authority without the agreement of others: a self-appointed critic

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Example sentences
The leaders are self-appointed, hold singular authority to determine right and
  wrong and stand in absolute judgement of everyone.
They seem to be from self-appointed apologists for scientists.
Even a month with a self-appointed madman can make everyone else slightly
  insane.
For ten years, two zealous, self-appointed investigators of scientific fraud
  made headlines--and enemies.
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