Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Self-appointed.

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Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.”

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-07-01

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