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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EUPHEMISM

A euphemism of kleptomania had been offered and accepted as sufficient excuse for her crime.

He paused, not knowing what euphemism to supply for the thing his lordship must have done.

As applied to her, the term: coveralls, regulation, gray was strictly a euphemism.

Euphemism, the choice of words not harsh for harsh ideas, has its uses.

For finiteness and nothingness are identical; finiteness is only a euphemism for nothingness.

Pray, my dear Panoukian, admire the euphemism to spare both our feelings.

The word "scapegoat" is a euphemism; the Hebrew text says Azazel.

The use of the word as an euphemism for "the devil" is later.

The expression, "Roll of Honour," is a euphemism, but poetical.

In Domesday the word is most commonly an euphemism for “dispossessed Englishman.”

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from Greek euphemismos "use of a favorable word in place of an inauspicious one," from euphemizein "speak with fair words, use words of good omen," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + pheme "speaking," from phanai "speak" (see fame (n.)).

In ancient Greece, the superstitious avoidance of words of ill-omen during religious ceremonies, or substitutions such as Eumenides "the Gracious Ones" for the Furies (see also Euxine). In English, a rhetorical term at first; broader sense of "choosing a less distasteful word or phrase than the one meant" is first attested 1793. Related: Euphemistic; euphemistically.

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