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Word of the Day 09/11/15 Euphemism

Euphemism (noun)
euphemism [yoo-fuh-miz-uh m]


noun
1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”.

Can be confused
euphuism.

Origin: 1650-60; < Greek euphēmismós the use of words of good omen, equivalent to eu- eu- + phḗm (ē) speaking, fame + -ismos -ism

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