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Meaning of euphemism

eu•phe•mism

Pronunciation: (y'fu-miz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
  2. the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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