Meaning of “in inverted commas” in the English Dictionary

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"in inverted commas" in British English

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in inverted commas

used in spoken English after a word or phrase to show that it has not been used accurately or that the opposite meaning is intended:

Sick prisoners in the camp were "cared for", in inverted commas, by guards, not nurses.

(Definition of “in inverted commas” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)