Definition of euphemism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈjuːfəmɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːfəmɪzəm//
Linguistic devices
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euphemism (for something) 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. Wordfinderalliteration, euphemism, figure of speech, hyperbole, image, litotes, metaphor, metonymy, onomatopoeia, paradox See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Greek euphēmismos, from euphēmizein ‘use auspicious words’, from eu ‘well’ + phēmē ‘speaking’.
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