[ dis-fuh-miz-uhm ]
/ ˈdɪs fəˌmɪz əm /
the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one.
an expression so substituted, as “cancer stick” for “cigarette.”
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ANTONYMS FOR dysphemism
OTHER WORDS FROM dysphemismdys·phe·mis·tic, adjective
Words nearby dysphemism
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British Dictionary definitions for dysphemism
/ (ˈdɪsfɪˌmɪzəm) /
substitution of a derogatory or offensive word or phrase for an innocuous one
the word or phrase so substituted
Derived forms of dysphemismdysphemistic, adjective
Word Origin for dysphemism
C19: dys- + euphemism
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