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scare quotes

plural noun
a pair of quotation marks used around a term or phrase to indicate that the writer does not think it is being used appropriately or that the writer is using it in a specialized sense:
a “huge breakthrough” in the negotiations.
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scare quotes

plural noun
quotation marks placed around a word or phrase to indicate that it should not be taken literally or automatically accepted as true
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