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eu·phe·mize

 (yo͞o′fə-mīz′)
v. eu·phe·mized, eu·phe·miz·ing, eu·phe·miz·es
v.tr.
To speak of or refer to by means of a euphemism.
v.intr.
To use euphemisms.

eu′phe·miz′er n.

euphemize

(ˈjuːfɪˌmaɪz) or

euphemise

vb
to speak in euphemisms or refer to by means of a euphemism
ˈeupheˌmizer, ˈeupheˌmiser n

eu•phe•mize

(ˈyu fəˌmaɪz)

v.t. -mized, -miz•ing.
to refer to by means of euphemism.
v.i.
[1855–60; < Greek euphēmízein to use words of good omen]
eu′phe•miz`er, n.

euphemize


Past participle: euphemized
Gerund: euphemizing

Imperative
euphemize
euphemize
Present
I euphemize
you euphemize
he/she/it euphemizes
we euphemize
you euphemize
they euphemize
Preterite
I euphemized
you euphemized
he/she/it euphemized
we euphemized
you euphemized
they euphemized
Present Continuous
I am euphemizing
you are euphemizing
he/she/it is euphemizing
we are euphemizing
you are euphemizing
they are euphemizing
Present Perfect
I have euphemized
you have euphemized
he/she/it has euphemized
we have euphemized
you have euphemized
they have euphemized
Past Continuous
I was euphemizing
you were euphemizing
he/she/it was euphemizing
we were euphemizing
you were euphemizing
they were euphemizing
Past Perfect
I had euphemized
you had euphemized
he/she/it had euphemized
we had euphemized
you had euphemized
they had euphemized
Future
I will euphemize
you will euphemize
he/she/it will euphemize
we will euphemize
you will euphemize
they will euphemize
Future Perfect
I will have euphemized
you will have euphemized
he/she/it will have euphemized
we will have euphemized
you will have euphemized
they will have euphemized
Future Continuous
I will be euphemizing
you will be euphemizing
he/she/it will be euphemizing
we will be euphemizing
you will be euphemizing
they will be euphemizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been euphemizing
you have been euphemizing
he/she/it has been euphemizing
we have been euphemizing
you have been euphemizing
they have been euphemizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been euphemizing
you will have been euphemizing
he/she/it will have been euphemizing
we will have been euphemizing
you will have been euphemizing
they will have been euphemizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been euphemizing
you had been euphemizing
he/she/it had been euphemizing
we had been euphemizing
you had been euphemizing
they had been euphemizing
Conditional
I would euphemize
you would euphemize
he/she/it would euphemize
we would euphemize
you would euphemize
they would euphemize
Past Conditional
I would have euphemized
you would have euphemized
he/she/it would have euphemized
we would have euphemized
you would have euphemized
they would have euphemized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.euphemize - refer to something with a euphemism
denote, refer - have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' "

euphemize

verb
To use evasive or deliberately vague language:
Informal: pussyfoot, waffle.
Translations
euphémiser
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