euphemistic

euphemistic
UK [ˌjuːfəˈmɪstɪk] / US [ˌjufəˈmɪstɪk] adjective
euphemistic expressions are used for talking about unpleasant or embarrassing subjects without mentioning the things themselves

Derived word:
euphemistically
UK [ˌjuːfəˈmɪstɪklɪ] / US [ˌjufəˈmɪstɪklɪ] adverb

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  • euphemistic — [[t]ju͟ːfəmɪ̱stɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Euphemistic language uses polite, pleasant, or neutral words and expressions to refer to things which people may find unpleasant, upsetting, or embarrassing to talk about, for example sex, the human… …   English dictionary

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  • euphemistic — eu|phe|mis|tic [ˌju:fıˈmıstık] adj euphemistic language uses polite words and expressions to avoid shocking or upsetting people >euphemistically [ kli] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • euphemistic — eu|phe|mis|tic [ ,jufə mıstık ] adjective euphemistic expressions are used for talking about unpleasant or embarrassing subjects without mentioning the things themselves ╾ eu|phe|mis|ti|cal|ly [ ,jufə mıstıkli ] adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • euphemistic — adjective the textbooks reportedly use the euphemistic term advance instead of invade to describe Japan s takeover of the Korean Peninsula Syn: polite, substitute, mild, understated, indirect, neutral, evasive; diplomatic, inoffensive, genteel;… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • euphemistic — euphemism ► NOUN ▪ a mild or less direct word substituted for one that is harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. DERIVATIVES euphemistic adjective euphemistically adverb. ORIGIN Greek euph mismos, from eu well + ph …   English terms dictionary

  • euphemistic — adjective substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one peepee is a common euphemistic term • Syn: ↑inoffensive • Ant: ↑dysphemistic • Derivationally related forms: ↑euphemism …   Useful english dictionary

  • euphemistic — adjective see euphemism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • euphemistic — See euphemist. * * * …   Universalium

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