from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of a pair of quotation marks used to emphasize a word or phrase or to indicate its special status, especially to express doubt about its validity or to criticize its use.
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- n. A quotation mark deliberately used to provoke a reaction or to indicate that the author does not approve of the term, rather than to identify a direct quotation.
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- n. the use of quotation marks to indicate that it is not the authors preferred terminology
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