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soi-disant Syllabification: soi-di·sant
Pronunciation: /ˌswädēˈzäN/
/ˌswädēˈzän(t)/

Definition of soi-disant in English:

adjective

Self-styled; so-called: a soi-disant novelist
More example sentences
  • In exquisitely-accented French he points out that none of the names on the list are remotely French: they must all be Anglo-Saxons (pronounced with dismissive contempt) who will try to put on soi-disant French accents.
  • When I got to Telluride, I had hoped to find people as angry and ill-informed and passionate as I had been when I was a soi-disant freak, back during a time of bloody, frightening confrontation.
  • I don't know whether to count this as one or two errors by the soi-disant ‘official’ proofreader of San Bloggio, but this time she has stuck her big toe in the light socket.

Origin

French, from soi 'oneself' + disant 'saying'.

Words that rhyme with soi-disant

K-meson • blouson

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