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euphemize

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(also euphemise)

Definition of euphemize in English:

verb

[with object]
Refer to (something unpleasant or embarrassing) by means of a euphemism: the song uses a vocabulary of euphemized profanity and obscenity [no object]: the impulse to euphemize is causing the syllables to multiply
More example sentences
  • About the time they reached the door, Brent burst from it, screaming euphemized obscenities.
  • We are the Mr Clean society - devoted to eradicating every natural body odour and euphemizing every body function and its excretions.
  • It usually involves constructing imaginary walls around minorities and euphemizing the situation by describing it as a mosaic.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Greek euphēmizein 'use auspicious words' (see euphemism).

Words that rhyme with euphemize

systemizerandomize

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