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Euphemism  n.  (Rhet.) A figure in which a harsh or indelicate word or expression is softened; a way of describing an offensive thing by an inoffensive expression; a mild name for something disagreeable.

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"Euphemism" Quotes from Famous Books

... area the strain of feeding the 'travellers,' which is the country euphemism for bush unemployed, has come to be felt as an unwarranted tax upon the industry, and as a mischievous ...
— A Dictionary of Austral English • Edward Morris

... that an heiress, an herb, an honest man, an honorable career, an hourly visit, a euchre party, a euphemism, a eulogy, a union, etc., are not exceptions to the foregoing rule, for the h being silent in heiress, herb, etc., the article an precedes a vowel sound, and in euphemism, eulogy, union, the article a precedes the consonant sound of y. ...
— Slips of Speech • John H. Bechtel

... Hinduism, there is frequent mention of such heavens and hells, and when the idea of rebirths is also met with, the rebirths are regarded as stages towards the reward or punishment of the individual conscious souls. It is the popular idea of heaven that has given rise to the common euphemism for to die, namely, to become a deva or ...
— New Ideas in India During the Nineteenth Century - A Study of Social, Political, and Religious Developments • John Morrison

... "Blooming" is a euphemism. The adjective Hawkins actually used was, as a matter of fact, closely associated with the exercise of the reproductive functions, and cannot be set ...
— Leaves from a Field Note-Book • J. H. Morgan

Words linked to "Euphemism" :   deceased, passing, euphemistic, passing water, expiration, at peace, neutralization, collateral damage, saying, at rest, wetting, leak, loss, bm, locution, expression, bowel movement, sanitation department, release, departure

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