Recorded since 1656; from Ancient Greek εὐφημισμός (euphēmismos), from εὐφημίζω (euphēmizō), from εὔφημος (euphēmos, “uttering sound of good omen, abstaining from inauspicious words”), from εὖ (eu, “well”) + φήμη (phēmē, “a voice, a prophetic voice, rumor, talk”), from φάναι (phanai, “to speak, say”).
- enPR: yoo͞'fə-mĭz"(ə)m, IPA: /ˈjuː.fəˌmɪ.z(ə)m/, X-SAMPA: /"ju:f@%mIz(@)m/
euphemism (countable and uncountable; plural euphemisms)
- (uncountable) The use of a word or phrase to replace another with one that is considered less offensive, blunt or vulgar than the word or phrase it replaces.
- (countable) A word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way.
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use of a word or phrase to replace another word with one considered less offensive
word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way
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