Translation of so-called in Spanish:

so-called

Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊˈkɔːld/

adjective/adjetivo

(usually before noun/generalmente delante del nombre)
  • 1.1 (commonly named) (así) llamado or denominado
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    • It is all done in the name of curbing the so-called bad actors, but it imposes costs on everyone.
    • He had no doubt that many so-called modern worship forms would become obsolete.
    • The organisation believes so-called drug driving is now more common than driving while over the limit.
    1.2 (indicating skeptical attitude) [expert/do-gooder] supuesto, presunto this so-called improvement esta supuesta or pretendida mejora, esta dizque mejora (Latin America/América Latina)
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    • So tell me, John, why is it that all your so-called friends and family hate you so much?
    • It was a time when many of his old so-called friends had dropped him like a hot potato.
    • At the trial, my so-called best friend stood in the dock and spoke against me.

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.