genteelism

noun
gen·teel·ism | \jen-ˈtē(l)-ˌli-zəm \

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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gentamicin

genteel

genteelism

genthelvite

genthite

gentian

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