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euphemism
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
a word or phrase that serves as a less harsh or less offensive way of saying something unpleasant
  • LOOK AT WHAT WE CALL 'FOREIGN POLICY': OUR 'FOREIGN POLICY' IS A EUPHEMISM FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND OUR PUBLIC RELATIONS GET WORSE AND WORSE.
    p. 613.1
  • We all thought that my mother was speaking euphemistically.
    p. 42.9
  • The rector was not gifted with language, and he was blind to doubt or worry in any form; perhaps the problem with his "eyesight" that had forced his early retirement from the airlines was really a euphemism for the blinding power of his total religious conversion—because Mr. Wiggin was fearless to an extent that would have made him an unsafe pilot, and to an extent that made him a madman as a preacher.
    p. 114.7

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