Definition of self-styled in US English:



  • attributive Using a description or title that one has given oneself.

    ‘self-styled experts’
    ‘the self-styled President of Bougainville’
    • ‘There is a sense today of the self-styled spokespersons for victim groups scanning the globe for something about which they can become outraged.’
    • ‘In 23 years as a pro, the self-styled hitman won world titles at six different weights.’
    • ‘He's a self-styled mystic, widely regarded as a charlatan, exploiting the bereaved for money.’
    • ‘In that case, some of the core countries, led by France and Germany, would almost certainly try to go ahead on their own, in a self-styled vanguard group.’
    • ‘The founders of the beauty business were three self-styled czarinas who built their castles in New York City.’
    • ‘To this day, the French are the self-styled representatives of higher civilization in a world of lesser specimens.’
    • ‘Incurable diseases are being treated and cured by unauthorised self-styled doctors who have learned from their ancestors.’
    • ‘The only problem was that this heavy drinking, chain smoking, self-styled rock 'n' roll comedy outlaw had already made other plans.’
    • ‘This follows one year of unrest during which self-styled war veterans raided farms and businesses.’
    • ‘There's no shortage of self-styled experts full of advice on what these companies must do to better compete.’
    • ‘Surely the firebrand comedian and self-styled enemy of the state would not be seen dead in this bastion of the British establishment.’
    • ‘The self-styled patriots should take note of the fact that their acts and misdeeds can no longer remain hidden.’
    • ‘By her own admission this self-styled intellectual is happy to live in cheap subsidised housing provided by the citizens of the city she insults.’
    • ‘In these organizations, any self-styled expert can sign up to teach a usually expensive course in any subject.’
    • ‘It becomes clear these men are self-styled vigilantes who are attempting to intimidate the looters and take back the goods they have stolen.’
    • ‘This self-styled superhero often spies kids getting into trouble but accepts he cannot intervene and show them the error of their ways.’
    would-be, self-appointed, so-called, self-titled, professed, self-confessed, confessed, sworn, avowed
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/ˈˌsɛlf ˈstaɪld//ˈˌself ˈstīld/