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euphemism

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈjuː.fə.mɪ.zəm/ us  
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   /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪk/ us  
euphemistically
adverb uk   /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ us  
Translations of “euphemism”
in Spanish eufemismo…
in French euphémisme…
in German der Euphemismus…
in Chinese (Traditional) 委婉語,委婉說法…
in Russian эвфемизм…
in Turkish örtmece, ayıp/çirkin şeylerin daha uygun/usturuplu şekilde söylenmesi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 委婉语,委婉说法…
in Polish eufemizm…
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