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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of euphemise.
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It reserves it for the most part for something a great deal more dreadful than the separation of body and soul, and uses all manner of periphrases, or what rhetoricians call euphemising, that is, gentle expressions which put the best face upon a thing instead of the ugly word itself.
One thing about that Derbyshire article is that in the case of definitely one, and possibly two of the swear-words he's euphemising, I don't honestly know which he's talking about.
Among several complaints, the resolution says that a textbook used until 2003 used pejorative language to describe the crusaders while "euphemising Muslim conquest of Christian lands as 'migrations'".
However, there is the small matter of a new, £400m stadium, which I'm sure you can understand, incurred quite a large debt, which through some creative financial management (and I'm not euphemising anything here) means they will be paying off £20m of debt a year on a total liability of something around the £200m mark.