so-called

[ soh-kawld ]
/ ˈsoʊˈkɔld /

adjective

called or designated thus: the so-called Southern bloc.
incorrectly called or styled thus: so-called intellectuals.

Nearby words

  1. so much the,
  2. so that,
  3. so to speak,
  4. so what,
  5. so-and-so,
  6. so-so,
  7. so.,
  8. soak,
  9. soak up,
  10. soakage

Origin of so-called

First recorded in 1650–60

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British Dictionary definitions for so-called

so-called

adjective

  1. (prenominal) designated or styled by the name or word mentioned, esp (in the speaker's opinion) incorrectlya so-called genius
  2. (also used parenthetically after a noun)these experts, so-called, are no help
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Word Origin and History for so-called

so-called

adj.

1650s, from so + past participle of call (v.). As a "sneer word" (1980, Safire, who lumps it with self-proclaimed, would-be, and purported), from 1837.

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