[ yoo-fuh-mahyz ]
/ ˈyu fəˌmaɪz /

verb (used with object), eu·phe·mized, eu·phe·miz·ing.

to refer to by means of euphemism.

verb (used without object), eu·phe·mized, eu·phe·miz·ing.

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 forms

eu·phe·mi·za·tion, nouneu·phe·miz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for euphemize



/ (ˈjuːfɪˌmaɪz) /


to speak in euphemisms or refer to by means of a euphemism

Derived Forms

euphemizer or euphemiser, noun
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