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

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

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Example sentences
The purpose of this so-called preferment is to instantly add complex fermentation flavors to the new batch of dough.
The page is conceived and executed as the so-called second cover of the magazine, always featuring a single actress or actor.
So in reality, these so-called bailouts infect the other countries rather than disinfect them.
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