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so-called

Definitions

adjective

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

Translations for 'so-called'

  • British English: so-calledso called You use so-called to indicate that you think a word or expression is in fact wrong. ADJECTIVEThese are the facts that explode their so-called economic miracle.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: chamado
  • Chinese: 所谓的所谓謂的
  • European Spanish: llamado llamada
  • French: soi-disant
  • German: sogenannt
  • Italian: cosiddetto cosiddetta
  • Japanese: いわゆる
  • Korean: 소위
  • Portuguese: chamado chamada
  • Spanish: llamado llamada

Example Sentences Including 'so-called'

Libraries and bookshops were being purged of so-called subversive writing.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
The so-called joys of bachelorhood, in his opinion, were bloody nonexistent.
St. James, Ian Final Resort
He fled to Italy after the Communists murdered most of his friends at a so-called friendship meeting.
Jack Higgins THE KEYS OF HELL (2002)

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