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  1. scare quote(noun)

    the use of quotation marks to indicate that it is not the authors preferred terminology


  1. scare quote(Noun)

    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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