soi-disant

adjective
soi-di·​sant | \ ˌswä-dē-ˈzäⁿ How to pronounce soi-disant (audio) \

Definition of soi-disant

usually disparaging
: self-proclaimed, so-called threw the soi-disant epic novel aside in disgust

First Known Use of soi-disant

1752, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soi-disant

French, literally, saying oneself

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“Soi-disant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soi-disant. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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