soi-disant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French soi-disant.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

soi-disant (not comparable)

  1. Self-styled; self-proclaimed.
    • 1860, John Ruskin, Unto This Last, Cornhill Magazine
      Among the delusions which at different periods have possessed themselves of the minds of large masses of the human race, perhaps the most curious -- certainly the least creditable -- is the modern soi-disant science of political economy, based on the idea that an advantageous code of social action may be determined irrespectively of the influence of social affection.
    • 2007 March 12, Zoe Williams, “The weekend's TV”, in The Guardian[1]:
      "Fuck You, Buddy" is the first part in a series (The Trap - What Happened to Our Dreams of Freedom, Sunday, BBC2) about civil liberties: the keen-eared wireless listener will have been alerted to its soi-disant intellectual credentials by the fact that they are trailing it on Radio 4.

Adverb[edit]

soi-disant

  1. supposedly

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

soi-disant (invariable)

  1. self-proclaimed
    Synonyms: autoproclamé
  2. so-called, supposed (so named)
    Synonyms: présumé, prétendu
    une soi-disant réformea so-called reform

Usage notes[edit]

The use of soi-disant in the sense présumé (so-called, presumed by others) is sometimes regarded as incorrect.

Adverb[edit]

soi-disant

  1. supposedly

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