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verb (used with object), eu·phe·mized, eu·phe·miz·ing.
  1. to refer to by means of euphemism.
verb (used without object), eu·phe·mized, eu·phe·miz·ing.
  1. to employ euphemism.
Also especially British, eu·phe·mise.

Origin of euphemize

First recorded in 1855–60, euphemize is from the Greek word euphēmízein to use words of good omen. See euphemism, -ize
Related formseu·phe·mi·za·tion, nouneu·phe·miz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for euphemize



  1. to speak in euphemisms or refer to by means of a euphemism
Derived Formseuphemizer or euphemiser, noun
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