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euphemism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Euphemism  \Eu"phe*mism\,  n.  [Gr.  ?  fr  ?  to  use  word  of  a  good 
  omen;  ?  well  +  ?  to  speak:  cf  F.  euph['e]misme.  See  {Fame}.] 
  (Rhet.) 
  A  figure  in  which  a  harts  or  indelicate  word  or  expression  is 
  softened;  a  way  of  describing  an  offensive  thing  by  an 
  inoffensive  expression;  a  mild  name  for  something 
  disagreeable. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  euphemism 
  n  :  an  inoffensive  expression  that  is  substituted  for  one  that 
  is  considered  offensive 




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