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dysphemism

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noun dys·phe·mism \ˈdis-fə-ˌmi-zəm\

Definition of dysphemism

  1. :  the substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one; also :  an expression so substituted

dys·phe·mis·tic play \ˌdis-fə-ˈmis-tik\ adjective


Origin of dysphemism

dys- + -phemism (as in euphemism)


First Known Use: 1884


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