Dictionary

dysphemism

noun dys·phe·mism \ˈdis-fə-ˌmi-zəm\

Definition of DYSPHEMISM

:  the substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one; also :  an expression so substituted
dys·phe·mis·tic \ˌdis-fə-ˈmis-tik\ adjective

Origin of DYSPHEMISM

dys- + -phemism (as in euphemism)
First Known Use: 1884

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: dysphoniaPrevious Word in the Dictionary: dysphasiaAll Words Near: dysphemism
April 25, 2015
lissome Hear it
nimble or easily flexed
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears