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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A word or phrase that is used in place of another that is thought to be too strong or unpleasant.

Usage examples (39)
  • "Hit the hay," is a euphemism for "Go to bed."
  • “We live in interesting times” — even if the euphemism is apocryphal, its truth value is the same.
  • The idea of purity tests by any euphemism is an insult to political parties.
  • (You will excuse me if, like Humbert, I dissolve into French when euphemism is required.) for more
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  • The queen spoke with royal "euphuism" (an affected, artificial elegance) but used a "euphemism" (an agreeable word or phrase used in place of one considered offensive or distasteful) to describe her predicament.
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