dysphemism dysphemism

Definition(s):

  • (n) an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one

Usage(s):

  1. One word, a four-letter dysphemism for human excrement, occurs repeatedly, since in the context of Gelber's story it is slang for "snow" which is a euphemism for any narcotic.
  2. Or is this blunt Anglo-Saxonism a dysphemism for making love? Are the old forbidden obscenities really the crude bedrock on which softer and shyer expressions have been built?.
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/ɛn ˈdʒɛn dər /