self-ordained

adjective
self-or·​dained | \ ˌself-ȯr-ˈdānd How to pronounce self-ordained (audio) \

Definition of self-ordained

1 : 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
2 : chosen or designated by oneself : self-anointed a self-ordained spokesperson for the movement

First Known Use of self-ordained

1768, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Self-ordained.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-ordained. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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