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Definition of euphemism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

euphemism

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈyufəˌmɪzəm//
 
euphemism (for something)
 
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an indirect word or phrase that people often use to refer to something embarrassing or unpleasant, sometimes to make it seem more acceptable than it really is “Pass away” is a euphemism for “die.” “User fees” is just a politician's euphemism for taxes.
euphemistic
 
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NAmE//ˌyufəˈmɪstɪk//
 
adjective euphemistic language “We're letting you go” is a euphemistic way of saying “You're fired.”
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NAmE//ˌyufəˈmɪstɪkli//
 
adverb The prison camps were euphemistically called “retraining centers.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: euphemism