Euphemism - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈjuːfəmɪzəm|  American pronunciation of the word euphemism
Brit.  |ˈjuːfəmɪz(ə)m|  British pronunciation of the word euphemism

noun

- an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

Examples

using “eliminate” as a euphemism for “kill”

'Pass away' is a euphemism for 'die'.

shrinkage is the retail trade's euphemism for shoplifting

Word forms

noun
singular: euphemism
plural: euphemisms
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