late unpleasantness

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late unpleasantness (plural late unpleasantnesses)

  1. (euphemistic) A recent war, especially the American Civil War.
    With membership limited strictly to "veterans of the late unpleasantness," the GAR encouraged the formation of Allied Orders to aid them in its various works. — Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Brief History of the Grand Army of the Republic [1]
    2003: It is unlikely that anyone with significant knowledge of the Army or the late unpleasantness in Southeast Asia, upon reading these two sentences, would respond other than with a scatological barnyard expletive or some more genteel utterance representing the same level of acceptance. — Zane E. Finkelstein (referring to the Vietnam War) [2]

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