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


  • Redefining mass surveillance
    Just as the Bush administration and the US media re-labeled “torture” with the Orwellian euphemism “enhanced interrogation techniques” to make it more palatable, the governments and media of the Five Eyes surveillance alliance are now attempting to re-brand “mass surveillance” as “bulk collection” in order to make it less menacing (and less illegal Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'
  • Chelsea Handler says Cosby tried to 'Cosby' her
    It's never good when your name becomes a euphemism for something nasty. Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'
  • Chelsea Handler says Bill Cosby tried to 'Cosby' her
    It's never good when your name becomes a euphemism for something nasty. Read more on this news related to 'Euphemism'

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