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Meaning of “so-called” in the English Dictionary

"so-called" in British English

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so-calledadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌsəʊˈkɔːld/  us   /ˌsoʊˈkɑːld/
B2 used to show that you ​think a word that is used to ​describe someone or something is not ​suitable or not ​correct: It was one of his so-called ​friends who ​supplied him with the ​drugs that ​killed him.B2 used to ​introduce a new word or phrase that is not ​yetknown by many ​people: It isn't ​yetclear how ​dangerous these so-called "super-rats" are.

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(Definition of so-called from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"so-called" in American English

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so-calledadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈsoʊˈkɔld/
named or called in a ​particular way: Married ​taxpayers are ​hit hard by the so-called ​marriagepenalty. People or things that are so-called may not ​fittheirname: These so-called ​experts don’t ​know anything.
(Definition of so-called from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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