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so-called

[soh-kawld] /ˈsoʊˈkɔld/
adjective
1.
called or designated thus:
the so-called Southern bloc.
2.
incorrectly called or styled thus:
so-called intellectuals.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60
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Examples for socalled
  • It more specifically claims that the socalled nordic europeans are superior.
  • For this reason, these organizations made little appeal to socalled untouchables.
  • Same as mechanical bridge socalled because of its typical shape.
  • The finest results are obtained when the socalled double damask weaves are used.
  • This synthetic element is one of the socalled superheavy atoms.
British Dictionary definitions for socalled

so-called

adjective
1.
  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
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Word Origin and History for socalled

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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