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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:
Adv.1.euphemistically - in a euphemistic manner; "his violent death was euphemistically referred to as a passing away"
Translations

euphemistically

[ˌjuːfəˈmɪstɪkli] adv [call, describe] → par euphémisme

euphemistically

adveuphemistisch, verhüllend; to be euphemistically described/known as …beschönigend als … bezeichnet werden/bekannt sein

euphemistically

[ˌjuːfɪˈmɪstɪklɪ] adveufemisticamente
References in classic literature ?
To be plain, I had endured what is euphemistically called "disappointment" already; and, not being a complete coxcomb, I had no intention of courting a second.
Not the euphemistically called Side Lights, which are actually Parking Lights, these pin points of light are difficult to see.
As they move through their tours of duty, as fighting for survival and dominance on the frontline of a far-off country is euphemistically described, the change in these soldiers is staggering.
According to a report by the Financial Times, 'aggressive' tax avoidance measures, now euphemistically referred to as 'minimisation' accounted for a global tax gap of PS56 billion last year at listed companies.
Jewish settlers have recently escalated their attacks and violations against Palestinians and their property in a series of what have come to be euphemistically known as "price tag" attacks.
It is not for the powers to be to monitor, as it might be euphemistically put, what is said in private by our MLAs.
Put former House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, on the lobby team for the Texas Entertainment Association - the euphemistically named trade group for the state's strip clubs.
Russia continues to escalate the conflict by sending mercenaries and tanks and, as we euphemistically say in the United states, little green men, without patches, very sophisticated special operations soldiers.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Welsh Assembly AMs who opposed assisted suicide, euphemistically called assisted dying.
SIR - Congratulations to the Welsh Assembly Members who opposed assisted suicide, euphemistically called Assisted Dying.
Today we have many other charities wanting a slice of the action as well as an army of buskers and euphemistically named 'chuggers.
She said that she is the opposition party at home, but tries to say it euphemistically so as not to hurt him.