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What is a euphemism?

 

Definition
 

A euphemism is a metaphorical or metonymic use of an expression in place of another expression that is disagreeable or offensive.

Example (English)
 
  • In Acts 2:39 and Ephesians 2:13, 17 of the Bible, the expression those that are afar off is used in place of a term of direct reference to the Gentiles.
  • Source:

    Beekman and Callow 1974 120

  • Generic
      A euphemism is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Beekman and Callow 1974 119–120

     

    Mish 1991 428


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