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euphemismnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈjuː.fə.mɪ.zəm/
euphemistic
adjective uk   us   /ˌjuː.fəˈmɪs.tɪk/
euphemistically
adverb uk   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.”
euphemistic
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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