euphemism euphemism  /ˈ ju fə ˌmɪ zəm/


  • (n) an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

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  1. Whenever England and Australia play no quarter is given or taken; friendly match is an euphemism for a pitched battle.
  2. Making the report 'utterly readable' is an euphemism for editorial censorship.


  • Thanks To Michael Douglas, Megyn Kelly Just Spent 5 Awkward Minutes Talking About Cunnilingus On Fox

    "Certain sexual activity down south in Rio." That's the euphemism Fox's Megyn Kelly chose this afternoon during a segment about HPV and the surprising way actor Michael Douglas claimed he contracted throat cancer . Kelly struggled a bit through the uncomfortable daytime discussion finding various ways to describe the act of oral sex on a woman without actually saying the words.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Mediaite

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  1. "I think 'Small Steps' is a euphemism for small vision," said Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University's Center for Eating and Weight Disorders.
    on Oct 22, 2007 By: Kelly Brownell Source: Forbes

  2. "Pat's culture war speech at the Republican convention hit me right between the eyes," said Maddow, MSNBC's new star and a lesbian. "He was, without euphemism, declaring that my own country was at war with me. I get it intellectually and...
    on Oct 5, 2008 By: Rachel Maddow Source: FOXNews

  3. "We expected a tough race, but given the outcome that was just a euphemism," said team principal Jean Todt in a statement.
    on Jun 10, 2007 By: Jean Todt Source: Reuters UK

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