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Definition of Euphemism


  1. A figure in which a harts or indelicate word or expression is softened; a way of describing an offensive thing by an inoffensive expression; a mild name for something disagreeable.

Euphemism Quotations

Asymmetrical warfare is a euphemism for terrorism, just like collateral damage is a euphemism for killing innocent civilians.
Alan Dershowitz

I've never been a fan of euphemism.
Jo Brand

Negotiations are a euphemism for capitulation if the shadow of power is not cast across the bargaining table.
George Schultz

Euphemism in the workplace does not end with job descriptions. It reaches a pusillanimous peak at the other end of the work process - in dismissal.
Nigel Rees

In many previously classified documents relating to activities at the base, the words 'Area 51' are conveniently blacked out. There's always a euphemism for it - like 'the test facility' or 'the base' - but never 'Area 51.'
Annie Jacobsen
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Euphemism Translations

euphemism in German is Euphemismus
euphemism in Italian is eufemismo
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