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euphemism

eu·phe·mism

euphemism

 
pronunciation:
yu f mih zm
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the substitution of a milder, vaguer, or pleasanter word or expression for one considered to be offensive or unpleasant.
definition 2: the word or expression so substituted.
"Put to sleep" is a euphemism for "kill" when referring to animals.
derivations: euphemistic (adj.), euphemistically (adv.), euphemist (n.)
Word Parts
The word euphemism contains the following parts:
eu Greek prefix that means good, well
synonyms:
ben, bene, bon
antonyms:
mal, male, dys-
 
-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.