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euphemism

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˈjuː.fə.mɪ.zəm/
a word or phrase used to avoid saying an unpleasant or offensive word: "Senior citizen" is a euphemism for "old person". The article made so much use of euphemism that often its meaning was unclear.
euphemistic
adjective uk   us   /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪk/
euphemistically
adverb uk   us   /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/
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