Definition of so-called in English:

so-called

adjective

  • 1attributive Used to show that something or someone is commonly designated by the name or term specified.

    ‘next on the list are so-called “soft” chemicals like phosphorous acid’
    • ‘Once more there is no one model for success in the so-called global universe.’
    • ‘Other people have different views on these so-called Hubbert peaks for oil and gas production.’
    • ‘He had no doubt that many so-called modern worship forms would become obsolete.’
    • ‘The farmers are calling on the Government to pay compensation and make up for the so-called BSE tax.’
    • ‘The so-called superloo in Chapel Lane was always breaking down and people did not like using it, he added.’
    • ‘It is all done in the name of curbing the so-called bad actors, but it imposes costs on everyone.’
    • ‘This chapter began by describing the so-called sequential model of decision making.’
    • ‘How well does Mr McIntyre know the so-called Third World which he so insultingly disparages?’
    • ‘Tyler's fiction has always danced dangerously close to being a paean to the so-called simple life.’
    • ‘They may have to tolerate members of the public wanting to stroke them and swim with them in so-called petting pools.’
    • ‘The organisation believes so-called drug driving is now more common than driving while over the limit.’
    • ‘Just now I nipped around to Debenhams in Oxford to check out their so-called One Day Spectacular.’
    • ‘Jacobs' case against the suburbs has had a second outing in the theories of the so-called New Urbanists.’
    • ‘The only thing the banks can do is to peel off these so-called non-performing assets.’
    • ‘For fashion, the so-called quadrilatero d' oro, or golden rectangle, is the magnet.’
    • ‘The abbey is a so-called royal peculiar, one of a handful of churches under the Queen's direct control.’
    • ‘Another so-called chimerism involves using an animal egg to create human stem-cells.’
    • ‘Experience is what counts in so-called creative industries like journalism.’
    • ‘York is a so-called Beacon Council, a name that suggests it would have qualified for extra funding.’
    inappropriately named
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    1. 1.1 Used to express one's view that a name or term is inappropriate.
      ‘she could trust him more than any of her so-called friends’
      • ‘I know precisely only one person who has cashed in during these so-called good times.’
      • ‘The judge said he could scarcely believe that three so-called civilised young men could behave as they did.’
      • ‘Either way we're supposed to go out and celebrate the so-called natural world and deny all things manmade.’
      • ‘Yet when you think about it, many of these so-called tips are ridiculous.’
      • ‘I am more entitled to call myself a fox expert than some so-called experts.’
      • ‘At the trial, my so-called best friend stood in the dock and spoke against me.’
      • ‘We find yet again our so-called leaders are engaged in point scoring of the pettiest nature.’
      • ‘A group of so-called teenagers terrorises people who are minding their own business or out for a walk there.’
      • ‘So tell me, John, why is it that all your so-called friends and family hate you so much?’
      • ‘Are these so-called models and celebrities really people we could look up to and learn from?’
      • ‘My journey to work is now 20 minutes longer because of these so-called traffic measures.’
      • ‘It was a time when many of his old so-called friends had dropped him like a hot potato.’
      • ‘It sounds like a lot of hassle, a real triumph of so-called style over substance.’
      • ‘The most outrageous problem with the so-called registry is that it contains no names.’
      • ‘The so-called street vendors we see are not as economically hapless as we are meant to believe.’
      • ‘Their political bias even on so-called News programmes is scarcely hidden.’
      • ‘She did suggest a visit to the optician for the person offering the so-called compliment!’
      • ‘That's the level to which the so-called debate from these people has sunk.’
      • ‘It simply isn't true that the brightest and the best rise to the top in our so-called meritocratic society.’
      • ‘We are a generation whose so-called social safety net has been cut to shreds over our lifetime.’

Pronunciation

so-called

/ˈsō ˈˌkôld//ˈsoʊ ˈˌkɔld/