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self-appointed

adjective uk   /ˌself.əˈpɔɪn.tɪd/ us    /-t̬ɪd/ disapproving
behaving as if you have responsibility or authority but without having been chosen by other people: The newspaper has become the self-appointed guardian of public morals.
Translations of “self-appointed”
in Chinese (Traditional) 自命的, 自封的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自命的, 自封的…
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