scare quotes

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural 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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  • noun Plural form of scare quote.

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