genteelism

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gen·teel·ism

 (jĕn-tēl′ĭz′əm)
n.
A word or expression thought by its user to be more refined than another, as in expectorate for spit.

genteelism

(dʒɛnˈtiːlɪzəm)
n
a word or phrase used in place of a less genteel one

gen•teel•ism

(dʒɛnˈti lɪz əm)

n.
a word or phrase used in place of another, supposedly less genteel term.
[1925–30]

genteelism

1. the deliberate use of a word or phrase as a substitute for one thought to be less proper, if not coarse, as male cow for buil or limb for leg.
2. an instance of such substitution.
See also: Language
a polished style and graceful form in literary works.
See also: Literary Style