Open main menu

Wiktionary β

Contents

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Recorded since 1656; from Ancient Greek εὐφημισμός (euphēmismós), from εὐφημίζω (euphēmízō), from εὔφημος (eúphēmos, uttering sound of good omen, abstaining from inauspicious words), from εὖ (, well) + φήμη (phḗmē, a voice, a prophetic voice, rumor, talk), from φάναι (phánai, to speak, say).

PronunciationEdit

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

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 which it replaces.
    • a. 1803, James Beattie, “Of Rhetorick”, in Elements of Moral Science, volume III, Philadelphia: Hopkins and Earle, published 1809, I, page 118:
      Akin to it [litotes] is euphemism, which may be applied to the same purpose.
  2. (countable) A word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way.
    • a. 1803, James Beattie, “Of Rhetorick”, in Elements of Moral Science, volume III, Philadelphia: Hopkins and Earle, published 1809, I, page 118:
      When it is said of the martyr St. Stephen, that “he fell asleep,” instead of—he died, the euphemism partakes of the nature of metaphor, intimating a resemblance between sleep and the death of such a person.

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 Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.

Further readingEdit