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English definition of “so-called”

so-called

adjective [before noun]     /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.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending B2 used to introduce a new word or phrase that is not yet known by many people : It isn't yet clear how destructive this so-called ' super virus ' is.Terminology and vocabulary
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