so-called

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\ ˈsō-ˈkȯld How to pronounce so-called (audio) \

Definition of so-called

1 : commonly named the so-called pocket veto
2 : falsely or improperly so named deceived by a so-called friend

First Known Use of so-called

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“So-called.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/so-called. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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so-called

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English Language Learners Definition of so-called

used to indicate the name that is commonly or usually used for something
used to indicate a name or description that you think is not really right or suitable

so-called

adjective
\ ˈsō-ˈkȯld \

Kids Definition of so-called

: commonly or wrongly named a so-called friend

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