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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - An offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one.

Usage examples (13)
  • His favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter
  • As euphemism, these clearly outdo themselves to the opposite extreme ( "dysphemism," as also in "greasy spoon" or "cancer stick").
  • It is a dysphemism for what is sometimes known as “community organizing” -- professionally staging protests and lending them credibility via the false impression of...
  • Putting aside the question of whether “right-wing” is an accurate description or just a dysphemism, Harford was speaking only of the pricing aspect of the “Fair Trade”... for more
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