self-in·​vent·​ed | \ ˌself-in-ˈven-təd How to pronounce self-invented (audio) \

Definition of self-invented

1 : invented or created by oneself a self-invented name/identity These elements—which evince a, dare we say, heroic devotion to a self-invented rock-and-roll ideal—are the keys to ZZ Top's longevity and appeal.— John Beifuss The athlete [Ted Ligety] skis with what The New York Times has called a self-invented style, positioning himself so low on each turn that he's almost "sitting on the snow."— Emily Sullivan
2 : self-made It tells the story … of a self-invented billionaire's attempt to escape the inevitable through cryonic suspension.— Philip Martin

First Known Use of self-invented

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-invented.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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