euphemistic


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to euphemistic: Elucidatory

eu·phe·mism

 (yo͞o′fə-mĭz′əm)
n.
1. A mild, indirect, or vague term for one that is considered harsh, blunt, or offensive: "Euphemisms such as 'slumber room' ... abound in the funeral business" (Jessica Mitford).
2. The use of such terms: "Euphemism is common in hospital and medical facilities where bodily functions need to be discussed" (Diane F. Halpern).

[Greek euphēmismos, from euphēmizein, to use auspicious words, from euphēmiā, use of auspicious words : eu-, eu- + phēmē, speech; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]

eu′phe·mist n.
eu′phe·mis′tic (-mĭs′tĭk) adj.
eu′phe·mis′ti·cal·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.euphemistic - substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one; "`peepee' is a common euphemistic term"
dysphemistic, offensive - substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one ; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"

euphemistic

adjective polite, alternative, substitute, genteel the many euphemistic terms for death
Translations
تَلْطيفي
eufemistisk
euphémiqueeuphémiste
eufemisztikus
skrauthverfur; veigrunar-; fegrandi
eufemístico
eufemistický
kibarörtmeceli

euphemistic

[ˌjuːfɪˈmɪstɪk] ADJeufemístico

euphemistic

[ˌjuːfəˈmɪstɪk] adjeuphémique

euphemistic

euphemistic

[ˌjuːfəˈmɪstɪk] adjeufemistico/a

euphemism

(ˈjuːfəmizəm) noun
a pleasant name for something that is unpleasant. `Pass on' is a euphemism for `die'.
ˌeupheˈmistic adjective
References in periodicals archive ?
Abrasive is probably a euphemistic way of describing him.
Not just ``plump'',or ``chunky'' or even ``well-built'',``solid'' or any other of those euphemistic terms we trot out on a regular basis; just fat,plain and simple.
Orin Hargraves shows that, apart from their slang, Americans are more euphemistic than the British, more politically correct, less ridden with class and other inherited distinctions and, as befits their country's global reach, more effective in distributing their coinages.
SureBeam's claim that its electron-beam irradiation technology destroys food poisoning bacteria just "like thermal pasteurization" of milk is a euphemistic absurdity, and its claim that the technology just "uses ordinary electricity" is deceptive in extreme.
The statement was notable for its euphemistic tone and complete lack of emotion: "We had a 'thermal event'," says Amy Laidlaw, a member of the University of Alberta's Future Truck team and project leader on its Formula SAE team.
On the surface level, in turn, the novel is a calculatingly amoral celebration of incest and homosexual love, the euphemistic "friendship" between the painter Asser Vaho and the dual first-person-singular narrator, the "I" with and without quotation marks, who is a writer.
Colourful take on crime in the shadows and corruption in the system, tartly scripted - Christopher McQuarrie's dialogue carries the euphemistic tang of David Mamet's straight-faced slang.
Without, that is, lowering their standards-which is what, under various euphemistic guises, they have done.
amp;uot;How's that for a euphemistic way to say you're going out of business on the Internet (the Internet's first `Going Out of Business Sale'?
There is nothing related to comfort women,'' the official said on condition of anonymity, using the euphemistic term for the former sex slaves, according to the report.
SIR - A recent letter said that the proposed new Welsh law was euphemistic and arcane (Letters, Nov 8).
The ban on alcohol or pork is not the real issue; the euphemistic letters to the editor reflect a latent bigotry against Islam and Arabs.