Definition of euphemism in English:

euphemism

Syllabification: eu·phe·mism
Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞ofəˌmizəm
 
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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: “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, indirect term, circumlocution, substitute, alternative, understatement, genteelism

Origin

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

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