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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Other Words from euphemize

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

Examples of euphemize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remembering is dangerous when attachments are so tenuous; better to isolate, to distance or to euphemize. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 And if a real crisis happens, as with Central Americans flooding through the southern border, euphemize it as someone else’s mess. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2021 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, 6 Dec. 2017 In 1944, a Warner Bros. cartoon euphemized World War II through Bugs Bunny and ice cream. Matt Siegel, The Atlantic, 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, 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of euphemize

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for euphemize

euphem(ism) + -ize

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“Euphemize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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