eu·​phe·​mize | \ ˈyü-fə-ˌmīz How to pronounce euphemize (audio) \
euphemized; euphemizing

Definition of euphemize

transitive verb

: to express or describe euphemistically euphemize death

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euphemizer \ ˈyü-​fə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce euphemizer (audio) \ noun

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The molestation of a child by a pedophile is rape and needs to be characterized as such without euphemizing the act by calling it abuse. WSJ, "Deal With the Priests Who Molest the Young," 25 Jan. 2019 First on the docket is hair loss (euphemized on its site as a bonsai tree shedding its leaves), with a $44-a-month box that includes DHT shampoo, a Minoxidil dropper, and Finasteride pills. Grant Rindner, Esquire, "Could a Mail-Order Box Be the Future of Medicine? Hims Thinks So.," 6 Dec. 2017 In 1944, a Warner Bros. cartoon euphemized World War II through Bugs Bunny and ice cream. Matt Siegel, The Atlantic, "How Ice Cream Helped America at War," 6 Aug. 2017 The sexual content is similarly euphemized, in dances charmingly choreographed by Nejla Yatkin and in a few shirtless cuddles that suggest romance more than predation. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Tackling a Major Taboo in ‘The Boy Who Danced on Air’," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of euphemize

1857, in the meaning defined above

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