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euphemismnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈjuː.fə.mɪ.zəm/ us /ˈjuː.fə.mɪ.zəm/
adjective uk /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪk/ us /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪk/
adverb uk /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/

(Definition of “euphemism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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euphemismnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈju·fəˌmɪz·əm/

the use of a word or phrase to avoid saying another word or phrase that may be unpleasant or offensive, or the word or phrase used:

[ C ] The phrase “left to pursue other interests” is a euphemism for “fired.”
adjective us /ˌju·fəˈmɪs·tɪk/

euphemistic words for “dead

(Definition of “euphemism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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