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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SO-CALLED

But the most curious monument at Autun is the so-called Pierre de Couhard.

"That's the worst lot of so-called askaris I ever saw," he remarked.

Son-in-law and father-in-law; B., a so-called dvanda compound.

It forms the preface to an American edition of my so-called Fairy Tales.

I was smart enough to fool all the so-called brains of the Solar System.

For the so-called Christian there is no other way (but he is no Christian until he has taken it).

The most primitive of these is the so-called Duckmole, of Australia.

It was in the house of a so-called Temple woman, who had adopted it, and she had taken every care of it.

Then these (so-called) equals are not the same with the idea of equality?

The so-called decision of Rhadamanthus is worthy of all admiration.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from so + past participle of call (v.). As a "sneer word" (1980, Safire, who lumps it with self-proclaimed, would-be, and purported), from 1837.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SO-CALLED

alleged

adjectiveasserted, often doubtful
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.