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Meaning of EUPHEMISM

Pronunciation:  'yoofu`mizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
 

EUPHEMISM is a 9 letter word that starts with E.

 

 See Also: blank, darn, expression, heck, locution, saying

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Eu"phe*mism\, n. [Gr. ? fr. ? to use word of a good
omen; ? well + ? to speak: cf. F. euph['e]misme. See {Fame}.]
(Rhet.)
A figure in which a harts or indelicate word or expression is
softened; a way of describing an offensive thing by an
inoffensive expression; a mild name for something
disagreeable.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: affectation, affectedness, amelioration, artfulness, artifice, artificiality, cushioning, elegance, euphuism, exquisiteness, formalism, formality, Gongorism, goody-goodness, goody-goodyism, hyperelegance, indirect, manneredness, mannerism, mild, mitigation, mollification, overelaboration, overelegance, overniceness, overpreciseness, overrefinement, pedantry, preciosity, preciousness, precisianism, pretentiousness, purism, substitution, unnaturalness, vague
 

 

 

 

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