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Meaning of euphemism by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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/


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    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 or less vulgar than the word or phrase it replaces .
    2. ( countable ) A word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way .

    Related terms

    • euphemistic

    See also

    • w:euphemism

    External links

    • Euphemism on Wikipedia .
    • wikisource-logo.svg Euphemism in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica .
    • euphemism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • euphemism in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • euphemism at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of euphemism by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    Definition of euphemism by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Euphemism ( ūfemĭz'm ), n. [Gr. fr. to use word of a good omen; εὖ well + to speak: cf. F. euphémisme. See Fame.] ( 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.