Origin of euphemism
Examples from the Web for euphemistically
Tony was turning pan-cakes in a skillet, while Jimmie was laboring with a dark mixture that they euphemistically called coffee.Deering of Deal|Latta Griswold
It was euphemistically described as "a present" or "a blessing," but must be regarded either as a tribute or a bribe.The Expositor's Bible|F. W. Farrar
What sort of a place she euphemistically described as "a tidy room" I never discovered.Four Ghost Stories|Mrs. Molesworth
They demanded that the power of Miloš should be limited by something which they euphemistically called "an organic regulation."The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1|Henry Baerlein
The Mosaic law authorizes a father to sell his daughter for a concubine or mistress (euphemistically translated “maid servant”).The Bible|John E. Remsburg
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.”