euphemistic euphemistic  /ˌ ju fə ˈmɪ stɪk/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one

Usage(s):

  1. A fast and funny show, Mary Hartman! underscores the euphemistic nature of the soaps: terrible things may happen, but it is the emotional reaction to them that is emphasized.
  2. Several chapters have had to use euphemistic names, like Students for Reproductive Health, and downplay their interest in abortion.
  3. That night, her sister holds the vase in her lap and gets, as wonderfully euphemistic Hong Kong subtitles usually put it, comfortable.

News

  • What Does 'Wet Reckless' Mean in a DUI Case?

    The world of DUI arrests is populated by somewhat opaque terms like "horizontal nystagmus" as well as euphemistic ones like "wet reckless."
    on August 8, 2013     Source: FindLaw

Quotes

  1. "I was told it was an organizational change, the euphemistic way of saying, 'We don't have a real reason, but we're making a change.' But start reading the wire. There will be a lot of those," Trebelhorn said. "I wish there was one particular...
    on Sep 30, 2007 By: Tom Trebelhorn Source: Baltimore Sun

  2. "I have to say that the word 'debriefing' is a euphemistic term for snitching," Williams said. "And my convictions won't allow that."
    on Dec 7, 2005 By: Stanley Tookie Williams Source: Black America Web

  3. "I am not going to be polite or euphemistic," Blumenthal told the company's executives. "We have [here] a callous and cavalier disregard for consumers."
    on Feb 14, 2008 By: Richard Blumenthal Source: Hartford Courant

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