self-pro·​claimed ˌself-prō-ˈklāmd How to pronounce self-proclaimed (audio)
: based on one's own assertion
a self-proclaimed genius

Examples of self-proclaimed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile self-proclaimed Niger defense chief Gen. Moussa Salaou Barmou met with Guinea’s junta leader and transitional president Mamadi Doumbouya in Guinea’s capital Conakry. Umaro Djau, CNN, 14 Aug. 2023 Half of the men are self-proclaimed Nice Guys earnestly looking for love, and the other half are secretly FBoys focused mainly on winning the $100,000 cash prize. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 27 July 2023 The Freeman brothers grapple with having to move from Chicago to the suburbs to live with their grandfather, Robert Freeman, an easily angered and self-proclaimed civil rights icon. Kris Marsh, The Conversation, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-proclaimed was in 1780

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“Self-proclaimed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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