1 adj Self-proclaimed is used to show that someone has given themselves a particular title or status rather than being given it by other people.
...a self-proclaimed expert..., He is President of his own self-proclaimed republic.
2 adj Self-proclaimed is used to show that someone says themselves that they are a type of person which most people would be embarrassed or ashamed to be.
One of the prisoners is a self-proclaimed racist who opened fire on a crowd four years ago.
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