Euphemism

Eu"phe*mism

("f*mz'm), n. [Gr. fr. to use word of a good omen; e'y^ well + to speak: cf. F. euphmisme. See Fame.] (Rhet.) A figure in which a harsh or indelicate word or expression is softened; a way of describing an offensive thing by an inoffensive expression; a mild name for something disagreeable.

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Eu`phe*mis"tic

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Eu`phe*mis"tic*al

(?), } a. Pertaining to euphemism; containing a euphemism; softened in expression. -- Eu`phe*mis"tic*al*ly, adv.
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