genteelism

noun
gen·​teel·​ism | \ jen-ˈtē(l)-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce genteelism (audio) \

Definition of genteelism

: a word believed by its user to be more polite or less vulgar than a common synonym also : the use of genteelisms

First Known Use of genteelism

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for genteelism

genteel + -ism

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“Genteelism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/genteelism. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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