Definitions for so-called

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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)

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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elsa Pereira:

    He called me right away, he's OK.

  2. Donald Trump:

    It’s called delay, delay, delay.

  3. Tom Zegan:

    Heaven called . . . we're a match!

  4. Ben Jonson:

    Art has an enemy called ignorance.

  5. Wayne Koff:

    We called them the elite neutralizers.

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