soi-disant [ swa-dee-zahn ]
1. calling oneself thus; self-styled.
2. so-called or pretended.
WORDS RELATED TO SOI-DISANT
alleged, formal, self-styled, purported, allegedly, nominal, ostensible, pretended, professed, self-named
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Origin: 1752, in the meaning defined above
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR SOI-DISANT
The private letters of Maret, that soi-disant friend of peace, breathe full assurance of victory.
WILLIAM PITT AND THE GREAT WAR|JOHN HOLLAND ROSE
There are more poets (soi-disant) than ever there were, and proportionally less poetry.
LIFE OF LORD BYRON, WITH HIS LETTERS AND JOURNALS, VOL. 5 (OF 6)|(LORD BYRON) GEORGE GORDON BYRON
In taking my soi-disant schoolfellow on board the Eos, I had shipped with me my Mephistophiles.
RATTLIN THE REEFER|EDWARD HOWARD
Let your fruit ripen, is a very sound motto, and not only with respect to soi-disant love.
THE SONG OF SONGS|HERMANN SUDERMANN
When we had struggled back with her the soi-disant doctor asked for the diagnosis.
FANNY GOES TO WAR|PAT BEAUCHAMP
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