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euphemism Explained

euphemism at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['ju:fə'mızəm]

euphemism at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1656, from Gk. euphemismos "use of a favorable word in place of an inauspicious one," from euphemizein "speak with fair words," from eu- "good" + pheme "speaking," from phanai "speak." In ancient Greece, the superstitious avoidance of words of ill-omen during religious ceremonies, or substitutions such as Eumenides "the Gracious Ones" for the Furies (see also Euxine). In Eng., a rhetorical term at first; broader sense of "choosing a less distasteful word or phrase than the one meant" is first attested 1793. ///

euphemism at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] [Date: 1500-1600; Language: Greek; Origin: euphemismos, from euphemos 'sounding good', from pheme 'speech']// a polite word or expression that you use instead of a more direct one to avoid shocking or upsetting someone// --'Pass away' is a euphemism for 'die'.//

euphemism at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

36 Moby Thesaurus words for "euphemism":
Gongorism, affectation, affectedness, amelioration, artfulness,
artifice, artificiality, cushioning, elegance, euphuism,
exquisiteness, formalism, formality, goody-goodness,
goody-goodyism, hyperelegance, indirect, manneredness, mannerism,
mild, mitigation, mollification, overelaboration, overelegance,
overniceness, overpreciseness, overrefinement, pedantry,
preciosity, preciousness, precisianism, pretentiousness, purism,
substitution, unnaturalness, vague

euphemism at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Ornament): ornament, floridness, turgidity, elegance, figurativeness, metaphor, flourish, euphemism, big-sounding words, pretension, rant, bombast, eloquence, grandiloquence.

euphemism at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun
~ (for sth) an indirect word or phrase that people often use to refer to sth embarrassing or unpleasant, sometimes to make it seem more acceptable than it really is:
'Pass away' is a euphemism for 'die'. * 'User fees' is just a politician's euphemism for taxes.
euphemistic :
euphemistic language * 'We're letting you go' is a euphemistic way of saying 'You're fired.'
euphemistically adverb:
The prison camps were euphemistically called 'retraining centres'.

euphemism at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun
~ (for sth) an indirect word or phrase that people often use to refer to sth embarrassing or unpleasant, sometimes to make it seem more acceptable than it really is:
'Pass away' is a euphemism for 'die'. * 'User fees' is just a politician's euphemism for taxes.
euphemistic :
euphemistic language * 'We're letting you go' is a euphemistic way of saying 'You're fired.'
euphemistically adverb:
The prison camps were euphemistically called 'retraining centres'.

Euphemism at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

euphemism at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

euphemism
n : an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that
is considered offensive [ant: {dysphemism}]

euphemism at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

Recorded since 1656; from Inter: etyl » grc Inter: term » lang=grc|εὐφημισμός|tr=euphēmismos, from Inter: term » lang=grc|εὐφημίζω|tr=euphēmizō, from Inter: term » lang=grc|εὔφημος|tr=euphēmos||uttering sound of good omen, abstaining from inauspicious words, from Inter: term » εὖ|sc=polytonic|tr=eu||well + Inter: term » lang=grc|φήμη|tr=phēmē||a voice, a prophetic voice, rumor, talk, from Inter: term » lang=grc|φάναι|tr=phanai||to speak, say.

Pronunciation

* Inter: enPR » yoo͞'fə-mĭz"(ə)m, Inter: IPA » /ˈjuː.fəˌmɪ.z(ə)m/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"ju:f@%mIz(@)m/

Noun

Inter: examples-right » examples=
  • fib for lie
  • villa or mansion for house (compare dysphemisms: hovel, shack)
  • correctional facility for prison (compare dysphemism: slammer)
  • sleep (with) for have sex (with) (compare dysphemisms: bang, fuck)
  • pass away for die
  • vertically challenged for short (physical stature; compare dysphemisms: midget, dwarf)
  • enhanced interrogation for torture

  • Inter: en-noun » s|-
  • Inter: uncountabl » e The use of a word or phrase to replace another with one that is considered less offensive, blunt or vulgar than the word or phrase it replaces.
    1. Inter: countabl » e A word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way.

      Antonyms

      * dysphemism

  • expletive

    Related terms

    * euphemistic

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » use of a word or phrase to replace another word with one considered less offensive
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|евфемизъм|m|sc=Cyrl
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|eufemisme|m
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|委婉語|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|委婉语|tr=wěiwǎnyǔ|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|eufemismus|n
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|verbloeming, Inter: t+ » nl|eufemisme|n
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kiertoilmaus, Inter: t+ » fi|kiertoilmaisu, Inter: t+ » fi|eufemismi
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|euphémisme|m
  • Inter: trreq » Georgian
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Euphemismus|m
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ευφημισμός|m (effimismós)
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|eufemizmus

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|eufemismo|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|婉曲法|tr=えんきょくほう, enkyokuhō
    • Inter: trreq » Latvian
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|еуфемизам|m|tr=eufemízam
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|bahasa halus
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|eufemizm|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|eufemismo|m
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|eufemism|n
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|эвфемизм|tr=evfemízm
    • Inter: trreq » Slovak
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|eufemismo|m
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|евфемізм|m|sc=Cyrl


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|մեղմասացություն|tr=mełmasacʿutʿyun|sc=Armn
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|eufemisme|m
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t- » cmn|委婉語|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|委婉语|tr=wěiwǎnyǔ|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|eufemismus|n
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|eufemisme|n
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kiertoilmaus, Inter: t+ » fi|kiertoilmaisu, Inter: t+ » fi|eufemismi
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|euphémisme|m
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Euphemismus|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|ευφημισμός|m (effimismós)


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|veigrunarorð|n, Inter: t- » is|fegrunarheiti|n, Inter: t- » is|skrautyrði|n, Inter: t- » is|skrauthvörf|n
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|eufemismo|m
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|婉曲表現|tr=えんきょくひょうげん, enkyoku hyōgen
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|еуфемизам|m|tr=eufemízam
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|eufemizm|m
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|eufemism|n
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|эвфемизм|tr=evfemízm
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|eufemismo|m
  • Volapük: Inter: t- » vo|föemot

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » ko: 완곡어법 婉曲話法


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » la: euphemismus {{m}}
  • Inter: ttbc » lt: eufemizmas {{m}}
  • Inter: ttbc » ro: eufemism {{n}}

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    External links

    * Inter: pedialit » e
    • Inter: Wikisource1911Enc Citation » Euphemism
    • Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1
    • Inter: R:OneLoo » k


    Category: Category:en:Rhetoric -
    Translation: et » euphemism
    Translation: el » euphemism
    Translation: eu » euphemism
    Translation: fr » euphemism
    Translation: ko » euphemism
    Translation: io » euphemism
    Translation: it » euphemism
    Translation: kn » euphemism
    Translation: hu » euphemism
    Translation: ml » euphemism
    Translation: my » euphemism
    Translation: no » euphemism
    Translation: km » euphemism
    Translation: pl » euphemism
    Translation: ru » euphemism
    Translation: fi » euphemism
    Translation: sv » euphemism
    Translation: ta » euphemism
    Translation: te » euphemism
    Translation: tr » euphemism
    Translation: vi » euphemism
    Translation: zh » euphemism