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

  • adj. Originating or derived from itself: a self-given entity.
  • adj. Given by oneself; self-appointed: a self-given role.


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  • NOTE: So when those Fenway Fools—remember their self-given nickname of the early twenty-first century, “Idiots”; no further elaboration necessary—start blabbing about recent history, merely present the facts as referenced.

    One Season

  • He would hand out business cards bearing his self-given nickname "The Terminator" and boasting of having won the Navy Cross (the second-highest medal in the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard).

    Richard Mcclanahan

  • The United States has always exerted its self-given right to expand its territory and to aggress those nations that present a potential threat to U. S hegemony long before the Cold War, during the Cold War and after the Cold War.

    The Mafia Is Running the Giant World Casino

  • And at the bottom of the heap, there's self-given purpose, and that's championed by Darwin, and you don't want to have anything to do with that.

    A Refuge For Powerful Lawmakers

  • Most of the time, my income was such that these self-given presents were generally things like, you know, a slice of pizza.

    Nick Mamatas' Journal

  • I never saw so strong an example of this peculiarity (which I should otherwise have said is caricatured in your description) as in his mode of homologating the self-given invitation of Mr. Herries.


  • The site also has information about his various self-given holy names, a female model search, a bodyguard service and private investigations.

    March 2006

  • Its language gave himself the right (irrespective of the law) to "protect the American people from further terrorist attacks" using all his self-given powers as a "unitary executive" that places him above the law, Congress, the courts, the people, and world public opinion.

    Police State America - A Look Back and Ahead

  • By this is meant the total, unchallengeable control of all land, sea, air and space and the self-given right to enforce it with the use of nuclear or any other kinds of weapons.

    Comments on John Pilger's New Book Freedom Next Time

  • I had ever hated a tyrant; and, behold, the possession of a slave, self-given, went near to transform me into what I abhorred!

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte


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