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Definition of Euphemism

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

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

Patrimonial capitalism's legacy is that many people see reform as a euphemism for corruption and self-dealing.
James Surowiecki

Euphemism is a human device to conceal the horrors of reality.
Paul Johnson

The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.
Elizabeth Hardwick
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Euphemism Translations

euphemism in German is Euphemismus
euphemism in Italian is eufemismo
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