\jˈuːfəmˌɪzəm], \jˈuːfəmˌɪzəm], \j_ˈuː_f_ə_m_ˌɪ_z_ə_m]\
Definitions of EUPHEMISM
- 2010 - New Age Dictionary Database
- 1913 - Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
- 1919 - The Winston Simplified Dictionary
- 1899 - The american dictionary of the english language.
- 1894 - The Clarendon dictionary
- 1919 - The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language
- 1874 - Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language
- 1871 - The Cabinet Dictionary of the English Language
Sort: Oldest first
By Oddity Software
By Noah Webster.
By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer
In rhet. a figure in which a delicate word or expression is substituted for one which is offensive to good manners or to delicate ears: when it is said of the martyr St. Stephen, that "he fell asleep," instead of he died, the euphemism partakes of the nature of a metaphor, intimating a resemblance between sleep and the death of such a person: this instinct of politeness in speech-euphemism, as it is called-which seeks to hint at an unpleasant or an indelicate thing, rather than name it directly, has had much to do in making words acquire new meanings and lose old ones; thus "plain" has usurped the sense of "ugly;" "fast," of "dissipated;" "gallantry," of "licentiousness.".
By Daniel Lyons
By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman
By James Champlin Fernald
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.