The definition of a euphemism is a polite, vague word or phrase that is used in place of word or phrase that might be considered offensive, harsh, unpleasant or inappropriate to say.(noun)
An example of a euphemism is someone saying "passed away" instead of "died."
See euphemism in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Gr euphēmismos < euphēmizein, to use words of good omen < euphēmos, of good sound or omen < eu- (see eu-) + phēmē, speech< phanai, say: see ban
See euphemism in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Greek euphēmismos
Origin: , from euphēmizein, to use auspicious words
Origin: , from euphēmiā, use of auspicious words
Origin: : eu-, eu-
Origin: + phēmē, speech; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
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