[ jen-tee-liz-uhm ]
/ dʒɛnˈti lɪz əm /
a word or phrase used in place of another, supposedly less genteel term: “Limb” is a genteelism for “leg.”
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Example sentences from the Web for genteelism
He will eventually shed this genteelism, while still struggling with his duel nature.
British Dictionary definitions for genteelism
/ (dʒɛnˈtiːlɪzəm) /
a word or phrase used in place of a less genteel one
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