euphemism

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Recorded since 1656; from Ancient Greek εὐφημισμός (euphēmismos), from εὐφημίζω (euphēmizō), from εὔφημος (euphēmos, uttering sound of good omen, abstaining from inauspicious words), from εὖ (eu, well) + φήμη (phēmē, a voice, a prophetic voice, rumor, talk), from φάναι (phanai, to speak, say).

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: yoo͞'fə-mĭz"(ə)m, IPA(key): /ˈjuː.fəˌmɪ.z(ə)m/

NounEdit

Examples

euphemism (countable and uncountable, plural euphemisms)

  1. (uncountable) 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.
  2. (countable) A word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way.

AntonymsEdit

Related termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

External linksEdit

Last modified on 12 January 2014, at 22:06