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Origin of euphemism
OTHER WORDS FROM euphemism
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH euphemismeuphemism , euphuism
Example sentences from the Web for euphemism
This is comedy based on a cold humor, detached, euphemistic, devoid of any generosity.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder] is just a euphemistic way of saying, ‘I have limits,’” Brown writes.
Take it from Ben Bernanke, who keeps begging Congress (in that euphemistic Fed-speak way) to do something to help the economy.
Nowhere does this report, even in the most euphemistic terms possible, discuss the rage problem.
We may note here the euphemistic tendency to call powerful spirits by propitiatory names.The Sources and Analogues of 'A Midsummer-night's Dream'|Compiled by Frank Sidgwick
But this is the usual attitude of the folk towards the "Good People," as indeed their euphemistic name really implies.More English Fairy Tales|Various
It is said that on this occasion they were first called Eumenides (“the kindly”), a euphemistic variant of their real name.
The Pioneer was as euphemistic in speaking of death as was the Greek or Roman of classic times.The Life of Bret Harte|Henry Childs Merwin
They trace their origin to the same source whence come the notions of propitiating the fairies by euphemistic names.British Goblins|Wirt Sikes
British Dictionary definitions for euphemism
Derived forms of euphemismeuphemistic, adjectiveeuphemistically, adverb
Word Origin for euphemism
Cultural definitions for euphemism
An agreeable word or expression substituted for one that is potentially offensive, often having to do with bodily functions, sex, or death; for example, rest room for toilet, lady of the evening for prostitute. The Nazis used euphemism in referring to their plan to murder the world's Jews (see also Jews) as “the Final Solution.”