Definition of dysphemism in English:


Syllabification: dys·phe·mism
Pronunciation: /ˈdisfəˌmizəm


  • A derogatory or unpleasant term used instead of a pleasant or neutral one, such as “loony bin” for “mental hospital.”. The opposite of euphemism.
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    • Aside from this confusion, this use of homicide as a dysphemism for suicide obscures the singular depravity of suicide terrorism.
    • Of course, this comes from the rebel psychologist for whom diagnostic psychiatry is an authoritarian priesthood, and ‘insanity’ an institutional dysphemism for ‘minority.’
    • Now the honest word secondhand is relegated to the ash heap of dysphemism.

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