from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Designated or chosen by oneself rather than by due authority: a self-appointed mediator.
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- adj. Appointed by oneself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Appointed or nominated by one's self.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. designated or chosen by yourself
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But literature isn't a "dialogue" monitored by self-appointed arbiters who decide what part of the conversation deserves a prize for its insight.
Advocates of Intelligent Design have become accustomed to critics who tout themselves as defenders of science; self-appointed protectors of children from the dangerous idea that the universe, and life on earth yield clues indicating design and intent.
Not helping matters is their newly self-appointed spokesman:
The self-appointed guardian of Palestinian truth has maximized its opportunity to pledge allegiance to the hard-line, national fantasies which have crippled the Palestinian cause for decades.
The self-appointed guardian of Palestinian truth has maximized its opportunity to pledge allegiance to the hardline, national fantasies which have crippled the Palestinian cause for decades.
The real repeal the Virginia Tea Parties must focus on at this time is that of the rule by the self-appointed, self-serving, and self-promoting Jamie Radtke.
Simply accepting what a self-appointed vanguard tells us is worthwhile kills creativity and imagination.
These self-appointed defenders of science think they are the only ones who can possibly understand science correctly.
Coyne like Dawkins are self-appointed ambassadors for the science but their discipline by their own admission is suspect as a science.
But my contempt goes double for the self-appointed media paragons who saw little amiss with Mr. Assange and those who made common cause with him, and who now hypocritically talk about decency and standards.
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