scare quotes

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scare quotes

pl.n.
Quotation marks used to emphasize a word or phrase or to indicate its special status, especially to express doubt about its validity or to criticize its use.

scare quotes

pl n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) quotation marks placed around a word or phrase to indicate that it should not be taken literally or automatically accepted as true
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Many in the academy argue otherwise, not only suspicious about "facts" but also convinced that a word like "truth" must always be surrounded by sneer quotes and made to answer the following questions: Whose truths?
This healthy reporter's instinct turns unhealthy when it leads him to declare "brain imaging" the science that will once and for all debunk such quaint notions as the existence of "the mind," "the soul," and "free will" (the sneer quotes are his).