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  • n. A form of euphemism in which a positive synonym is substituted for a negative word.


From Ancient Greek παρα (para, "next to, alongside") + διαστολή (diastole, "separation, distinction"). (Wiktionary)


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  • Spiked: '...This first becomes clear in Runciman’s discussion of Hobbes where he turns to look at paradiastole, or what the intellectual historian, Quentin Skinner, calls ‘rhetorical redescription’. This denotes the act of not just describing an action, but, in doing so, commending or denouncing it. For Hobbes, this was what he called ‘colouring’, the act of giving an action a particular moral hue.'

    July 27, 2008

  • A euphemistic half-truth. (Luciferous Logolepsy)

    May 16, 2008