Definition from zikkir, the free dictionary
Nounscare quote (plural Scare quotes)
- (chiefly in the plural) A quotation mark deliberately used to provoke a reaction or to indicate that the author does not approve of the term, rather than to identify a direct quotation.
- 2006 Where Hairsplitting Can Become High Drama
- An incidental pleasure is his witty mastery of the scare quote and the square bracket.