American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Commonly called: "new buildings ... in so-called modern style” ( Graham Greene).
- adj. Incorrectly or falsely termed: My so-called friends were gossiping about me again.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See so called, under so, adverb
- adj. idiomatic So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that name.
- adj. mathematics, sciences Same as above, without the negative connotation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. So named; called by such a name (but perhaps called thus with doubtful propriety).
- adj. doubtful or suspect
- so + called (Wiktionary)
“If there were any lingering doubts concerning the status and integrity of the Palestinian National Authority -- and its so-called President, Mahmoud Abbas (\ "so-called\" because his term of office, such as it was, expired almost a year ago) -- they were surely dispelled once and for all by its decision to drop its support for a UN resolution that would have referred the Goldstone Report on Israel\'s post-Christmas 2008 attack on Gaza to the UN Security Council.”
“I usually resist the term "so-called," but it's appropriate here because this amendment is not about balancing the budget.”
“From your repeated use of the phrase 'so-called anomalies,' can I assume that your observations have suggested a more useful or more accurate term?”
“Boykin, then a Pentagon intelligence officer, touched off a firestorm in October 2003 after giving speeches while in uniform in which he referred to the so-called war on terrorism as a battle with Satan.”
“The minister was referring to the so-called carry trade, the practice by which some investors borrow money overseas at low international interest rates and then invest it in Brazil.”
“There is another and arguably more compelling reason why Slovaks should question the need to cough up in the name of so-called European "solidarity," though.”
“There is another and arguably more compelling reason why Slovaks should question the need to cough up in the name of so-called European "solidarity.”
“There is a literature—in fact quite an extensive one1—on why companies apparently concentrate their attention on short-term financial control at the expense of longer-term so-called “strategic” controls.”
“A presidential pardon has granted amnesty to 651 prisoners in Myanmar, also known as Burma, though not all of those detained are identified as so-called prisoners of conscience.”
“And yet, according to the Times' own Twitter dispatch, the devices are referred to as "so-called #DSK buttons.”
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