Thesaurus

euphemism

noun

Synonyms of euphemism

a mild or pleasant word group of words that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive
  • using "eliminate" as a euphemism for "kill"
  • She spoke in euphemisms when recounting the expletive-laden tirade.

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for euphemism

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for euphemism

  • dysphemism
See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About euphemism

Time Traveler for euphemism

Time Traveler

The first known use of euphemism was circa 1681

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About euphemism

Thesaurus Entries Near euphemism

eupeptic

euphemism

euphemisms

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Euphemism.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/euphemism. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on euphemism

Nglish: Translation of euphemism for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of euphemism for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!