Definitions for euphemismˈyu fəˌmɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

eu•phe•mismˈyu fəˌmɪz əm(n.)

  1. the substitution of a mild or indirect expression for one thought to be offensive or blunt.

    Category: Rhetoric

  2. the expression so substituted:

    “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”

    Category: Rhetoric

Origin of euphemism:

1650–60; < Gk euphēmismós; see euphemize, -ism

eu`phe•mis′ti•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. euphemism(noun)

    an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

Wiktionary

  1. euphemism(Noun)

    The use of a word or phrase to replace another with one that is considered less offensive or less vulgar than the word or phrase it replaces.

  2. euphemism(Noun)

    A word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Euphemism(noun)

    a figure in which a harts or indelicate word or expression is softened; a way of describing an offensive thing by an inoffensive expression; a mild name for something disagreeable

Freebase

  1. Euphemism

    A euphemism is a generally innocuous word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant. Some euphemisms are intended to amuse, while others use bland, inoffensive, and often misleading terms for things the user wishes to dissimulate or downplay. Euphemisms are used for dissimulation, to refer to taboo topics in a polite way, and to mask profanity. The opposite of euphemism roughly equates to dysphemism. Euphemisms may be used to avoid words considered rude, while conveying their meaning: "Kiss my you-know-what!" instead of the more vulgar, "Kiss my ass/arse"; the expletive sugar to substitute shit. Some euphemisms are so commonly used as to be standard usage: "pass away" for "die". Over the centuries euphemisms have been introduced for "latrine", and themselves replaced as they came to be considered unacceptable; "toilet", once itself a euphemism, is often euphemised as "bathroom", "restroom", etc. Euphemisms are used to downplay and conceal unpalatable facts, as "collateral damage" for "civilian casualties" in a military context, and "redacted" for "censored".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Euphemism

    is in speech or writing the avoiding of an unpleasant or indelicate word or expression by the use of one which is less direct, and which calls up a less disagreeable image in the mind. Thus for "he died" is substituted "he fell asleep," or "he is gathered to his fathers"; thus the Greeks called the "Furies" the "Eumenides," "the benign goddesses," just as country people used to call elves and fairies "the good folk neighbours."


Translations for euphemism

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

euphemism(noun)

a pleasant name for something that is unpleasant

`Pass on' is a euphemism for `die'.

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