soi-disant (swa-dee-ZAN)

adjective: self-styled; so called

Etymology
From French soi-disant (self-styled, so-called) from soi (oneself) + disant (saying).
Earliest documented use: 1752

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“For some reason, the soi-disant ‘entertainment capital of the world’ has never been able to sustain a resident [ballet] company.”
Patt Diroll; A Step Ahead for Ballet; Pasadena Star-News (California); May 25, 2009.

“Hannah turns to the suspiciously handsome soi-disant geek.”
Virginia Heffernan; Really, Mom, We’re Just Going Out for Ice Cream; The New York Times; Feb 16, 2004.

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