Definitions

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  • adj. of or pertaining to euphemism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to euphemism; containing a euphemism; softened in expression.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characterized by euphemism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one

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Examples

  • The administration sought to justify the unjustifiable by coining the euphemistic doublespeak of "roughing up".

    Stabroek News

  • Steve: It is hardly "euphemistic" to describe me as being in the mineral exploration business.

    Crowley and North [1991] « Climate Audit

  • Now Mike Walker has the whole story, and it turns out that "inappropriate gestures" was some kind of euphemistic code for groping the caboose of every woman in the club:

    Agent Bedhead

  • That's why abortion supporters have to use all kind of euphemistic language to speak about abortion.

    Ontario Blogs Feed

  • This article is somewhat euphemistic – call it what it is: another LIE passed down by the "Party of NO".

    CNN Truth Squad: No eye care until you're blind in one eye?

  • And casual or euphemistic phrasing and clichés pops up to describe the indescribable.

    A Shock to the System

  • Just to assuage my concerns regarding a possibly-euphemistic treadmill, is there any practical difference between “targeted killing” and assassination?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Drone Warfare in House Subcommittee Hearing

  • EH: Just to assuage my concerns regarding a possibly-euphemistic treadmill, is there any practical difference between “targeted killing” and assassination?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Drone Warfare in House Subcommittee Hearing

  • “Entertain, you understand, Mr. Gordon, is rather a euphemistic term for what occurred.”

    Olivia

  • These and many other reports point to this inevitable conclusion: whether we call it by the name of racism or something more euphemistic, several hundred thousand residents of the District of Columbia suffer levels of poverty, illiteracy, illness and violence that persist in spite of efforts to improve schools and provide better social services.

    Patricia McGuire: Lost Horizons

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