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


  • fOrracle machine developed at Cambridge University will help clean up geological samples
    POLISHING your rocks may sound like a euphemism lifted from the script of a Carry On… film, but scientists at Cambridge University have invented a machine that can do just that. Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'
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    This year, as many as 6 million taxpayers will learn that they now owe a "Shared Responsibility Payment" because they didn't have health insurance last year. The SRP is a clumsy euphemism for ... Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'
  • MaxPreps Top 25 national high school girls basketball rankings
    It's hard to imagine anything worse than this: Riverdale and Smyrna, two quality Tennessee basketball teams, played to lose Monday night. And no, "played to lose" is not a euphemism. There's video of a player deliberating dribbling into backcourt to give the ball to the other team. There are reports of players intentionally standing in the lane o Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'

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