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Adj.1.dysphemistic - substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one ; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"
euphemistic, inoffensive - substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one; "`peepee' is a common euphemistic term"
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It is explicated thus by Allan and Burridge (Forbidden Words, 43-44; see also 40-41, 241-42): "Taboo terms are classified as dysphemistic because of a belief, be it ever so vague, that their form reflects the essential nature of the taboo topics they denote.
The process of generalization may have been collectively applied for three reasons: because speakers sought (1) an original, or (2) a new and less direct, that is, euphemistic, or (3) a more direct, dysphemistic, way of talking about mental hospitals.
Viewed neutrally, your (elderly, old, or mature) aunt may have been said to have died; your kindly mother might euphemistically say she passed away; and you, you insensitive - or dysphemistic - lout, might say the old lady kicked the bucket or croaked.