Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

dysphemism

play
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

dysphemistic

play \ˌdis-fə-ˈmis-tik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of dysphemism

dys- + -phemism (as in euphemism)


First Known Use: 1884


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dysphemism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a very small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!