so-called

[ soh-kawld ]
/ ˈsoʊˈkɔld /

adjective

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

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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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