What does so-called mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alleged(a), so-called, supposed(adj)

    doubtful or suspect

    "these so-called experts are no help"


  1. so-called(Adjective)

    So named; called by such a name, with a very strong connotation that the item is not worthy of that name.

  2. so-called(Adjective)

    Same as above, without the negative connotation.

    The so-called Ising model.

  3. Origin: so + called

Webster Dictionary

  1. So-called(adj)

    so named; called by such a name (but perhaps called thus with doubtful propriety)

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. So-called

    sō′-kawld, adj. See under So.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'so-called' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3557

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'so-called' in Adjectives Frequency: #481


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of so-called in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of so-called in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald Trump:

    He wanted it, but we called, called, called and I can't make a meeting with him. Every day, I walk and say, 'I would like to meet with him,' because I do want to solve the problem.

  2. Tony Kushner:

    What used to be called liberal is now called radical, what used to be called radical is now called insane, what used to be called reactionary is now called moderate, and what used to be called insane is now called solid conservative thinking.

  3. Pope Francis:

    All of us are called (by God) to be free, all are called to be sons and daughters, and each, according to his or her own responsibilities, is called to combat modern forms of enslavement. From every people, culture and religion, let us join our forces.

  4. Jim Donahue of UniSea:

    Only king crab caught in Alaska can legally be called Alaskan king crab, the same species harvested in Russia or Norway is commonly called king crab in the U.S. market. In turn, only king crab caught in Russia could be legally called Russian king crab.

  5. John Updike:

    The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you.

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