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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Greek
Origin: euphemismos, from euphemos 'sounding good', from pheme 'speech'

euphemism

noun
     
Related topics: Linguistics
eu‧phe‧mis‧m [countable]
SL a polite word or expression that you use instead of a more direct one to avoid shocking or upsetting someone:
'Pass away' is a euphemism for 'die'.

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