Euphemism

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Euphemism Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

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Euphemism Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Euphemism is the use of a word (or phrase) that replaces another one that one thinks to be too offensive or vulgar.

It also may be a replacement of a name or a word, that could reveal a secret or holy and sacred names to the uninitiated. It may also be used to obscure the identity of the subject of a conversation from potential eavesdroppers. A well known example for many is the replacement of Lord Voldemort's name by "You-Know-Who" or "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" in Harry Potter. Some euphemisms are intended to be humorous.



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Euphemism Sample Sentences in News


  • Neoliberalism is euphemism for promoting inequality
    Letters ยป Neoliberalism is euphemism for promoting inequality Pete Sutcliffe is absolutely right that the term neoliberal is causing a great deal of confusion. Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'
  • Bar employers from advertising jobs for 'recent graduates', says Coaltion's older workers tsar
    Ros Altmann says the term is a 'euphemism' for younger employees and discriminates against the over-50s Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'
  • Virus-like euphemisms abound in corporate
    "Outsourcing" has mutated into "offshoring". Brace yourselves for "rightshoring". Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'

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