Origin of euphemism
Examples from the Web for euphemistic
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.
These, therefore, have been the fruits of the system called ‘land purchase’ with euphemistic falsehood.Present Irish Questions|William O'Connor Morris
Impatience with abstract or euphemistic definitions should not blind us to the truth.The Approach to Philosophy|Ralph Barton Perry
(Compare Matthew 5:21 f.) The euphemistic phrase of James is emphatic by its very mildness.Studies in the Epistle of James|A. T. Robertson
It is said that on this occasion they were first called Eumenides (“the kindly”), a euphemistic variant of their real name.
They trace their origin to the same source whence come the notions of propitiating the fairies by euphemistic names.British Goblins|Wirt Sikes
Word Origin for euphemism
1650s, from Greek euphemismos "use of a favorable word in place of an inauspicious one," from euphemizein "speak with fair words, use words of good omen," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + pheme "speaking," from phanai "speak" (see fame (n.)).
In ancient Greece, the superstitious avoidance of words of ill-omen during religious ceremonies, or substitutions such as Eumenides "the Gracious Ones" for the Furies (see also Euxine). In English, a rhetorical term at first; broader sense of "choosing a less distasteful word or phrase than the one meant" is first attested 1793. Related: Euphemistic; euphemistically.
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.”