dysphemism

noun
dys·​phe·​mism | \ ˈdis-fə-ˌmi-zəm How to pronounce dysphemism (audio) \

Definition of dysphemism

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

Other Words from dysphemism

dysphemistic \ ˌdis-​fə-​ˈmi-​stik How to pronounce dysphemism (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of dysphemism

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysphemism

dys- + -phemism (in euphemism)

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“Dysphemism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphemism. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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