euphemism

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: yoo͞'fə-mĭz"(ə)m, IPA(key): /ˈjuː.fəˌmɪ.z(ə)m/

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Examples

euphemism (countable and uncountable, plural euphemisms)

  1. (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.
  2. (countable) A word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way.

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