dys·​phe·​mism ˈdis-fə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce dysphemism (audio)
: the substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one
also : an expression so substituted
dysphemistic adjective

Word History


dys- + -phemism (in euphemism)

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dysphemism was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Dysphemism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphemism. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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