V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a word or phrase substituted for one that may be offensive, distasteful, or unpleasant

Synonyms: expression, locution, doublespeak, substitution


Tips: A euphemism is more than just an understatement. It is a word or description used to be more politically correct or to be more sensitive.

Usage Examples:

Some might say that "homeland security" is a euphemism for "anti-terrorism," a much more unsettling term. (expression, substitution)

Because he was nervous about being politically correct, the candidate littered his speech with euphemisms. (doublespeak, substitutions)

The company released a statement announcing company restructuring, which was really a euphemism for future layoffs. (expression, locution)

She never liked to speak about unpleasant situations and often used euphemism to soften the meaning of her words. (substitution, doublespeak)

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