Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Self-appointed.

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Examples

  • Whether shaven-headed and covered in blood from battle, smartly uniformed as a potential national leader or long-haired and bearded in exile, he remains his own man, a self-elected outsider.

    Coriolanus – review

  • These dreary folk, echoes of the dead past and importunate and self-elected pall-bearers for the present and future, proxy-livers of life and vicarious sensualists that they are in a eunuch sort of way, insist, since their own selves, environments, and narrow agitations of the quick are mediocre and commonplace, that no man or woman can rise above the mediocre and commonplace.

    THE KANAKA SURF

  • These dreary folk, echoes of the dead past and importunate and self-elected pallbearers for the present and future, proxy livers of life and vicarious sensualists that they are in a eunuch sort of way, insist, since their own selves, environments, and narrow agitations of the quick are mediocre and commonplace, that no man or woman can rise above the mediocre and commonplace.

    “It was the Golden Fleece ready for the shearing.”

  • But one who believes that it's hard enough already to be Jewish in this world, and a person who cares about Israel in this world, without having to run the gauntlet of self-elected Torah Jews whose Judaism is a product of, by, and for, a stateless people.

    Bradley Burston: If You're Jewish, That's Enough for Me. If Not, Let's Talk Real Estate

  • Similarly, mink – many of which were released into the wild by misguided and self-elected "animal rights activists" – are undermining all the work done on behalf of water voles.

    House Points: Country thoughts from Shropshire

  • I am aware that there has been some grumbling about Iain's self-elected position as the expert on British blogging.

    Vote for your top 10 British political blogs

  • A self-elected panel will now decide which musical artists have gained the coveted status of being regarded as noteworthy enough to b ...

    Nelson Montana: How Lame Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  • A self-elected panel will now decide which musical artists have gained the coveted status of being regarded as noteworthy enough to be given a reward for their already noteworthy careers!!!

    Nelson Montana: How Lame Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  • Would you please stop acting like the self-elected classroom monitor?

    Obama: Why Won't McCain Bring Up Ayers To My Face?

  • Since then, there have been about 170 "self-elected, self-ordained" bishops in China.

    Archive 2009-01-01

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