Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To speak of or refer to by means of a euphemism.
  • intransitive v. To use euphemisms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To utter one or more euphemisms; to speak euphemistically.
  • v. To describe or refer to by using one or more euphemisms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To express by a euphemism, or in delicate language; to make use of euphemistic expressions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make euphemistic; express by a euphemism.
  • To indulge in euphemism; speak euphemistically.

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

  • v. refer to something with a euphemism

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He said that 15 to 20 percent of losses was what "everyone learned to live with in 1991 and 1992" and that aid workers even coined a term to euphemize the theft - "traditional distribution" - because even though the food was getting looted, it still ended up in local markets, having the ancillary effect of reducing overall food prices and making food more affordable for the poor.

    NYT > Home Page

  • If it be birds that ultimately euphemize human death and decomposition in Silas' hands, it's for no other reason than that our fear of death, a fear necessary to life, overrides even our fascination with the death of our own kind, the deaths of the animals nearest to us in the evolutionary chain, and so on down the line.

    G. Roger Denson: Holocaust and Redemption in the Photography of Susan Silas

  • Middle management will euphemize poor results, failures, screw-ups when talking to upper management so that they don't look bad, but then the leaders have incomplete (bad) information and the company can't make good decisions.

    Students

  • When we euphemize, we generalize, we profile, we stereotype, and we assume that all of "them" are one.

    Students

  • In every case - personal, political, or business, we euphemize to take the edge off, and in doing so, we sacrifice clarity, we sacrifice truth, and worst of all, we avoid facing reality.

    Students

  • It's not often that you get to use the word "stupidity" in a non-ad hominem context, but now -- with the majority of Republicans believing Obama is a socialist without having any idea what socialism is, over a third believing he is foreign-born, and featured Tea Party speakers calling for the hanging of a US senator -- it's becoming harder and harder to euphemize some of things we're witnessing as anything but.

    The New Republicans and The Intellectual Divide

  • So, one of the aims of the imperialist build-up in Colombia is to promote terrorism which the bourgeois media euphemize as "paramilitary activity" in an attempt to exonerate the armed forces of the Colombian dictatorship on the grounds that some death squads members are not government troops and some government troops are not death squad members.

    Colombian dictatorship is a puppet that doesn't need strings

  • Or, as it was put by a 15-year-old "visiting with friends" outside a New York-area Dunkin 'Donuts, which is I guess how the papers now euphemize "cutting class": "That's so messed up."

    Bill Barol: Gimme a Dozen Glazed, Six Eclairs and a Low-Interest Loan for $1.3 Million

  • When that happens, all the ancillary money pits -- the personal trainers and the yoga gurus and the lipo guys and the Botox drive-throughs and the Mercedes pimpifiers and the $600-a-lunch-sushi-masters -- are going to face what economists euphemize as "downward pricing pressure."

    THE END OF TELEVISION

  • With advertising down and with cost-cutting, we're all facing what financial types euphemize as "downward pressure."

    Hard-Times Hollywood

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