so-called

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Etymology[edit]

so +‎ called

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Adjective[edit]

so-called (not comparable)

  1. So named; commonly called by such a name, often with a connotation that the item is not worthy of that name.
    These so-called "assistants" are making our jobs harder, not easier!
  2. So named; commonly called.
    the so-called Ising model
    • 1988, Ingrid Coetzee, ‎Gerhard-Mark Van der Waal, Conservation of Culture: Changing Context and Challenges
      Another Canadian example is that of the so-called Halfback Program initiated in the province of Ontario. With this scheme state lottery tickets with which no prizes are won retain 50% of the value of their initial cost []
    • 2010, Matty McEire, Looking for Sheville, Dog Ear Publishing (→ISBN), page 78:
      ... I hadn't met any straight women at the gay bars — a few so called "fag hags" fraternizing with the boys, of course, but ...

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Further reading[edit]

  • so-called at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • So-Called. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved on 6 June 2016.