self-or·​dained ˌself-ȯr-ˈdānd How to pronounce self-ordained (audio)
: invested with ministerial or priestly authority by oneself : ordained by oneself
… a self-ordained street preacher who has worked the Marietta Square for decades.Jim Galloway
: chosen or designated by oneself : self-anointed
a self-ordained spokesperson for the movement

Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-ordained was in 1768

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“Self-ordained.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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