Definition of euphemism in English:

euphemism

Line breaks: eu¦phem|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈjuːfəmɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing: the jargon has given us ‘downsizing’ as a euphemism for cuts The opposite of dysphemism.
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  • As a practical matter, the current legal regime substitutes palliative euphemisms for useful controls on police discretion.
  • Languages are constantly developing euphemisms for sex words.
  • Sir John could be counted on not to speak in mild euphemisms.
Synonyms
polite term, substitute, mild alternative, indirect term, understatement, underplaying, softening, politeness, genteelism, coy term

Origin

late 16th century: from Greek euphēmismos, from euphēmizein 'use auspicious words', from eu 'well' + phēmē 'speaking'.

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