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  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or being a dysphemism

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  • adjective substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one

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Examples

  • What I am getting at, to paraphrase the infinite wisdom of Pigs is pigs, is that shit is shit, and there is nothing dysphemistic about it (unless used "in talking about one's opponents") -- that is, it is the context that determines whether it is dysphemistic, which is again dependent on whether it was the intention of the speaker to use a taboo word in place of socially acceptable one.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 1

  • Further, the dysphemistic way that conservatives are characterized by Bob Burnettmakes it clear that this is not a serious, evenhanded political commentary.

    What Do Liberals Believe?

  • It was both a humanitarian intervention (toppling one of the world's most brutal dictators) and an act of self-defense ( "the administration's grandiose rhetoric about pre-emption" is merely a dysphemistic way of saying this).

    The Case for Inhumane Intervention

  • (Or would Americans just think of Republicans vs Democrats in Congress?) #17: Try 'dysphemism, dysphemistic' in analogy with 'to euphemize'.

    RealClimate

  • (Or would Americans just think of Republicans vs Democrats in Congress?) #17: Try 'dysphemism, dysphemistic' in analogy with 'to euphemize'.

    RealClimate

  • (Or would Americans just think of Republicans vs Democrats in Congress?) #17: Try 'dysphemism, dysphemistic' in analogy with 'to euphemize'.

    RealClimate

  • (Or would Americans just think of Republicans vs Democrats in Congress?) #17: Try 'dysphemism, dysphemistic' in analogy with 'to euphemize'.

    RealClimate

  • (Or would Americans just think of Republicans vs Democrats in Congress?) #17: Try 'dysphemism, dysphemistic' in analogy with 'to euphemize'.

    RealClimate

  • (Or would Americans just think of Republicans vs Democrats in Congress?) #17: Try 'dysphemism, dysphemistic' in analogy with 'to euphemize'.

    RealClimate

  • (Or would Americans just think of Republicans vs Democrats in Congress?) #17: Try 'dysphemism, dysphemistic' in analogy with 'to euphemize'.

    RealClimate

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