Quotation marks placed round a word or phrase to draw attention to an unusual or arguably inaccurate use.
- I carefully put scare quotes around words such as ‘pleasure’ and ‘suffering’ in describing positive and negative emotional states.
- It is difficult not to put scare quotes around the word spiritual, which is notoriously vague, if not meaningless, in contemporary usage.
- I can't imagine scare quotes big enough for that word.
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