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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.

euphemism

(ˈjuːfɪˌmɪzəm)
n
1. (Linguistics) an inoffensive word or phrase substituted for one considered offensive or hurtful, esp one concerned with religion, sex, death, or excreta. Examples of euphemisms are sleep with for have sexual intercourse with; departed for dead; relieve oneself for urinate
2. (Linguistics) the use of such inoffensive words or phrases
[C17: from Greek euphēmismos, from eu- + phēmē speech]
ˌeupheˈmistic adj
ˌeupheˈmistically adv

eu•phe•mism

(ˈyu fəˌmɪz əm)

n.
1. the substitution of a mild or indirect expression for one thought to be offensive or blunt.
2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”
[1650–60; < Greek euphēmismós; see euphemize, -ism]
eu′phe•mist, n.
eu`phe•mis′tic, eu`phe•mis′ti•cal, adj.
eu`phe•mis′ti•cal•ly, adv.

euphemism

1. the deliberate or polite use of a pleasant or neutral word or expression to avoid the emotional implications of a plain term, as passed over for died.
2. an instance of such use. Cf. dysphemism, genteelism. — euphemist, n. — euphemistic, euphemistical, euphemious, adj.
See also: Language

euphemism

An inoffensive substitute for a distasteful word or phrase.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.euphemism - an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
neutralisation, neutralization - (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
exit, expiration, going, passing, departure, release, loss - euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
collateral damage - (euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations
sanitation department - the department of local government responsible for collecting and disposing of garbage
bowel movement, bm, movement - a euphemism for defecation; "he had a bowel movement"
making water, passing water, wetting, leak - a euphemism for urination; "he had to take a leak"
dysphemism - an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one; "his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter"

euphemism

noun polite term, substitute, understatement, alternative word, alternative expression, genteelism The term 'early retirement' is often a euphemism for `redundancy'.

euphemism

noun
The use or an instance of equivocal language:
Informal: waffle.
Translations
تَلْطيف الكَلام
eufemismus
eufemisme
eufemismikiertoilmaisukiertoilmaus
eufemizmus
skrauthvörf; veigrunarorî; fegrunarheiti
eufemistiniseufemizmas
eifēmisms
eufemizmus
kibar deyimörtmece

euphemism

[ˈjuːfɪmɪzəm] Neufemismo m
a euphemism forun eufemismo de ...

euphemism

[ˈjuːfəmɪzəm] neuphémisme m

euphemism

nEuphemismus m, → Hüllwort nt; a euphemism for somethingein Euphemismus mor verhüllender Ausdruck für etw

euphemism

[ˈjuːfəˌmɪzm] neufemismo

euphemism

(ˈjuːfəmizəm) noun
a pleasant name for something that is unpleasant. `Pass on' is a euphemism for `die'.
ˌeupheˈmistic adjective
References in classic literature ?
The in ability to say this, and the resentment which results therefrom, he regards as the source of all our feelings of revenge, and all our desires to punish--punishment meaning to him merely a euphemism for the word revenge, invented in order to still our consciences.
Then beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity,--I mean the true simplicity of a rightly and nobly ordered mind and character, not that other simplicity which is only an euphemism for folly?
Seeing him thus quadrupedal in the grass, the priest raised his eyebrows rather sadly; and for the first time guessed that "fancies things" might be an euphemism.
It was something of a euphemism to call him a well-known man about town.
boss = Cooper was annoyed by American euphemisms, such as using the Dutch word "boss" in place of "master"--a custom he blamed largely on New England "Yankees"}
Philip laughed savagely as he thought of her gentility and the refinement with which she ate her food; she could not bear a coarse word, so far as her limited vocabulary reached she had a passion for euphemisms, and she scented indecency everywhere; she never spoke of trousers but referred to them as nether garments; she thought it slightly indelicate to blow her nose and did it in a deprecating way.
As happens in other languages, euphemism is used to facilitate communication in Ekegusii.
Euphemism in ordinary speech may be amusing, stilted, or polite, but in therapy, it thwarts progress.
What a quaint little euphemism for having too much to drink.
The complex relationship between the concept of euphemism and kinaya, the polysemous Arabic term that renders it, is examined.
Will the "Liverpool Care Pathway", or more correctly the "Lack of Care Pathway", become commonplace when in fact it is euthanasia which in itself is yet another euphemism for killing?