euphemism

Tuesday, 22 Feb 2005 | Word of the Day

eu·phe·mism n.

1 : the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive word or expression for one that is harsh, indelicate, or otherwise unpleasant or taboo : allusion to an offensive thing by an inoffensive expression
2 : a polite, tactful, or less explicit term used to avoid the direct naming of an unpleasant, painful, or frightening reality


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