Definition of euphemism :
A figure in which a harts or indelicate word or expression is softened; a way of describing an offensive thing by an inoffensive expression; a mild name for something disagreeable.
phrase (part of speech: noun)
mannerism, verbalism, phrase, metaphor, sentence, expression, adage, motto, figure of speech, catchphrase, paragraph, cliche, idiom, clause, proverb, slogan, terminology, epigram, phraseology, maxim, locution
substitution (part of speech: noun)
overdelicacy of speech, polite term, affected refinement, doublespeak, mock modesty, code word, nice-Nellyism, metaphorical speech, genteelism, softened expression, indirection, verbal extenuation, word in good taste, prudishness
- It is a euphemism for jail, the place where we are well cared for, at no expense to ourselves. - "Stories from Tagore", Rabindranath Tagore.
- That is the true method of eudaemonology; for all eudaemonology must begin by recognizing that its very name is a euphemism, and that to live happily only means to live less unhappily- to live a tolerable life. - "Counsels and Maxims From The Essays Of Arthur Schopenhauer", Arthur Schopenhauer.
- It was only after the other three had cleaned out the " mulligan" can that Andy chanced to mention that " mud- hen" was the popularly accepted euphemism for grouse shot out of season! - "Down the Columbia", Lewis R. Freeman.