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EUPHEMISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does euphemism mean? 

EUPHEMISM (noun)
  The noun EUPHEMISM has 1 sense:

1. an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

  Familiarity information: EUPHEMISM used as a noun is very rare.


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EUPHEMISM (noun)


Sense 1euphemism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("euphemism" is a kind of...):

expression; locution; saying (a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations)

Domain member usage:

neutralisation; neutralization ((euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation))

collateral damage ((euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations)

sanitation department (the department of local government responsible for collecting and disposing of garbage)

asleep; at peace; at rest; deceased; departed; gone (dead)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "euphemism"):

blank (a substitute for a taboo word)

darn (a euphemism for 'damn')

heck (a euphemism for 'hell')

Antonym:

dysphemism (an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one)


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