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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of euphemize.

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Examples

  • The cinematography "euphemized" the gore so that it was tolerable for me.

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  • Oh, and I missed this: The courageous reporters of the social-democratic paper had gotten hold of a secret Nazi Party plan for the disposition of the Jews that first used what was to become the widespread euphemism for extermination: “Final Solution” (Endlössung), a word that left little doubt over the mass murder it euphemized.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Real German Resistance to Hitler: The Social Democrats

  • The courageous reporters of the social-democratic paper had gotten hold of a secret Nazi Party plan for the disposition of the Jews that first used what was to become the widespread euphemism for extermination: “Final Solution” (Endlössung), a word that left little doubt over the mass murder it euphemized.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Real German Resistance to Hitler: The Social Democrats

  • The Obama fiscal policy since 2009 has been to explode the U.S. balance sheet with ever-greater spending financed by monetary reflation—which the President in his speech euphemized as "emergency steps."

    The Obama Speech Downgrade

  • Actual terrorists, on the other hand, are still euphemized as militants and freedom-fighters.

    News and Comments

  • Thus it can be euphemized as a defensive response to save our civilian lives.

    How the End Begins

  • Targets that are likely to lead to extensive civilian casualties are euphemized frequently as attacks on “economic infrastructure.”

    How the End Begins

  • In 2007's "Knocked Up," abortion is jokingly euphemized as "rhymes with smashmortion" -- and the moral of the story is that all a high-achieving woman needs to do to be happy is to stay with the mediocre man who impregnated her and have his baby.

    On 'Friday Night Lights,' a brave and honest abortion story

  • "When Money Dies" cannot be used to prove that the combination of rising deficits and the modern money manufacture euphemized as "Quantitative Easing" can only end up in near- apocalyptic disaster.

    A Flock of Black Swans

  • We hear the word Gitmo and it stands for a way of conducting a war, for an era that has indeed made the Geneva Conventions seem “quaint,” a time in which even torture has been euphemized into “enhanced interrogation techniques” or “aggressive questioning,” a moment in American history when even the attorney general refuses to call waterboarding a crime.

    Inside Guantánamo

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