genteelism

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

Definition of genteelism

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

Origin and Etymology of genteelism

genteel + -ism


First Known Use: 1926

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