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euphemism

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Definition a word or phrase that serves as a less harsh or less offensive way of saying something unpleasant
  • Passed away is a euphemism for died.
euphemism = a word or phrase that serves as a less harsh or less offensive way of saying something unpleasant
  • Put to sleep is a euphemism for painlessly killing a pet to end it's suffering.
  • euphemism = a word or phrase that serves as a less harsh or less offensive way of saying something unpleasant
  • My paper is on what euphemisms tell us about subjects with which we are uncomfortable.
  • euphemisms = words or phrases that serves as less harsh or less offensive ways of saying unpleasant things
  • But he has passed away. This is a euphemism, of course.  ... He is dead...
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • euphemism = a word or phrase that serves as a less harsh or less offensive way of saying something unpleasant
  • "Quit speaking euphemistically," she said.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "You will speak without euphemisms," said Dr. Meescham.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • "You are speaking euphemistically?" said Dr. Meescham.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • I ask you, why is it so hard to stay away from the euphemisms?
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Ha, there is another euphemism: singing with the angels.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • It was something of a euphemism to call him a well-known man about town.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • The word here has rather the force of euphemism, an entirely different word.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • I imagined, of course, the bedside scene behind the curtain of that euphemism.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Our first morning in Moscow, at breakfast—for him, a euphemism for coffee—he told me, "I'm still biologically deranged."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Even she, who knew nothing of military strategy or journalistic convention, understood a euphemism for retreat.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • You're something of a coward, man, a phony, and if your cousin calls you a civilian, that's merely a very euphemistic way of putting it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • It hurt, and that is not a euphemism.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • Don't pluck at wildflowers," I begged, using the euphemism for the types of women he might meet.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • And that's a euphemism, by the way.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • No one wants to talk about what happened—they just tiptoe around it or concoct euphemisms like 'unfortunate outcomes' and 'compromised assets.'
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom

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