Definitions

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  • n. A figure of speech wherein a taunting expression is softened by a jest; an insult veiled in grace.

Etymologies

From ancient Ancient Greek χαριεντισμός. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I am bored by Monkey Wood's blantant over-use of charientism and cacophemism for my darkie brethren - it is an abomination to the Lord - who is ironically my next door neighbour ".

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  • JM loves the smell of a charientism in the morning.

    March 31, 2011

  • JM understands that a charientism that is perceived is not a good charientism - bit like a status update actually!

    December 27, 2009

  • charientism – an artfully veiled insult

    July 18, 2008

  • Expression of an unpleasant thing in an agreeable manner.

    May 12, 2008