A modern dictionary about us. We define our words, but they don't define us.
Self-Defined seeks to provide more inclusive, holistic, and fluid definitions to reflect the modern world.

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  • Ablelism
  • American
  • African
  • Asian
  • Black
  • Indigenous
  • Ambulatory Wheelchair
  • Ancestors
  • Anti-blackness
  • Anxiety disorders
  • aromantic
  • Asian
  • East
  • South
  • Southeast
  • asexual
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • assigned at birth
  • Attraction
  • Aesthetic
  • Platonic
  • Sexual
  • Autism spectrum
  • Bias
  • bierasure
  • bipolar
  • Bisexual
  • Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Black
  • men (BM)
  • people (BP)
  • women (BW)
  • Brown
  • Bropropriating
  • Burka
  • Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA)
  • cisgender
  • Climate change
  • Colonial narrative
  • Colonialism
  • colorism
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • cultural appropriation
  • crazy
  • Demi
  • -boy
  • -girl
  • -romantic
  • -sexual
  • deaf and Deaf
  • Disability
  • disabled
  • discordant couples
  • Discrimination
  • Dominant culture
  • Dominant culture habits
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS)
  • Egalitarian
  • Empathy
  • enby
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Entitlement
  • Equality
  • Equity
  • Ethnicity


  • Fem
  • Femme
  • Gaslighting
  • Gender
  • Cis
  • -Fluid
  • Non-conforming
  • Trans
  • Queer
  • Gender confirmation surgery (GCS)
  • Genocide
  • Governmentality
  • gray ace
  • Gray asexuality
  • Hard of Hearing (HOH)
  • hegemonic
  • Hermaphrodite
  • pseudo, male and female
  • High-Functioning
  • Hijab
  • Hispanic
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Homophobia
  • hormone Replacement therapy (HRT)
  • Illness
  • Chronic
  • Immigrant
  • Impact
  • Implicit bias
  • Indigenous
  • Inherent
  • Intent
  • internalized oppression
  • Intersectionality
  • intersex
  • invisible disabilities
  • Jihad
  • Latinx


  • Marginalized
  • Matriarchy
  • Medication sensitive
  • Militarization
  • Minorities
  • Minoritised
  • Misogynoir
  • Neurodivergent
  • Neurotypical
  • non binary
  • -Normative
  • cis
  • hetero
  • Oppression
  • Internalized
  • Other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED)
  • Panic attacks
  • Pansexual
  • -passing
  • female-
  • male-
  • white-
  • Parachuting
  • Patriarchy
  • Performative allyship
  • People of Color (PoC)
  • People with disabilities
  • -phile
  • andro
  • gyne
  • Platonic
  • Queer
  • Polyamory
  • Positivism
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • power
  • Poz
  • Prejudice
  • Pride
  • Pride, First (Anti-Police Riots)
  • Prophylaxis
  • Pre-exposure (PreEP)
  • Post-exposure (PEP)
  • Privilege
  • Cis
  • Monosexual
  • White
  • Race
  • Racial
  • Contract
  • Formation
  • State
  • Raciology
  • Racism
  • Racist
  • Savage
  • Savior
  • White
  • Semitic
  • Serodiscordant
  • settler
  • colonial mentality
  • Sexual
  • assault of a minor
  • orientation
  • Socially constructed
  • Solidarity
  • -Splaining
  • cis
  • man
  • white
  • Spirit animal
  • Systematic
  • Systemic


  • Top-down approach
  • Totemic animal
  • Tawhid
  • Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF)
  • Trans
  • gender
  • man
  • masculine
  • phobia
  • woman
  • Tribe
  • Triggers
  • Two-spirited
  • Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U)
  • Undetectable
  • Unqueer
  • Indigenous
  • Vertigo
  • Visual
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • Viral Load
  • White
  • feminism
  • fragility
  • -ness
  • supremacy
  • woman tears
  • people (WP)
  • women (WW)
  • White supremacist capitalist patriarchy
  • womanism
  • Women and people of colour

avoid—Ableist slur

crazy noun

mentally deranged; demented; insane.


Crazy is very commonly used as an adjective to embody a vast array of ideas, often not specifically. It is used so frequently that it sometimes is a filler. Crazy can also be used in a derogatory manner for someone with mental or psychiatric disabilities.


By using ableist language, we are perpetuating violence against people who experience mental or psychological disabilities. Using it perpetuates those systems and language of harm, regardless of our intent.

Usage Tip

Be more specific. Typically we can find an alternate definition by simply reflecting on what emotion we're really feeling.

Alt Words

abundant, bizarre, enormous, ludicrous, outlandish, ridiculous, unbelievable, unexpected, unfamiliar, unreal, scary, shocking, strange, wicked


minorities noun

the smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole


Minorities is not always accurate. As it deals with numbers, often the insinuation of racial minorities is inaccurate, as communities of colour often outnumber white communities.


By repeatedly referring to groups as "minorities," they are being infantised and made to feel minor.

Alt Words

minoritised, or omit

Better Alternate

minoritised adj

groups resulting from social constructs have grant less power or representation compared to other members or groups in society


Minoritised places the emphasis on the power struggle, and on the systemic issues at play. It's also an adjective, which requires you to add "group" or "people" so it's people-first language


It removes the pejorative nature of "minorities".

Alt Words

minorities, or omit


English as second language (ESL) noun

the teaching of English to people who speak a different language and who live in a country where English is the main language spoken


Monolinguist, English-only speakers often refer to people who don't speak English natively as "ESL" or say they are learning a "second language". More often than not, this is not true, as many people are multi-lingual with 3 or more languages


It makes false assumptions about English learners, centres English as the "default" or "expected" first language, ignoring that many people learn multiple (>3), non-English languages first.

Alt Words

English as learning-language (ELL), or non-native, or omit (because do you really know, for sure?)

White Supremacy Tool

white fragility noun

the tendency for dominant white culture to respond to racism with defensive, dismissive, and angry responses; "a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves." (Robin DiAngelo).


White fragility detracts from critical conversations about the systemic oppressors at play. The cost of white fragility is that it centres the feelings of white people while ignoring and invalidating the systemic harm conducted towards people of colour. White fragility also prevents white people from doing anti-racist work to unpack their socially internalised racism.

Further Reading

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo; White Fragility tag on The Root.


women and people of colour noun

often used as a phrase to encompass "non-white, non-men," seeking to provide solidarity for these two groups


What happens to women of colour? As a woman of colour, I am split between both women and people of colour.


As such, it elicits feelings of erasure for women of colour. It also neglects non-binary individuals.

Alt Words

people of colour and white women or people of colour, white non-binary people, and white women, find ways to reframe why this dynamic exists, or omit