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euphemism

eu·phe·mism

euphemism

 
 
pronunciation:
yu f mih zm
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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.
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derivations: euphemistic (adj.), euphemistically (adv.), euphemist (n.)
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