Definition of euphemistic in English:



  • Using or of the nature of a euphemism.

    ‘the euphemistic terms she uses to describe her relationships’
    • ‘I defy anyone who is offered a well-paid job with good prospects to refuse it because they would rather juggle a few ‘portfolios’ (a euphemistic way of saying short-term contract).’
    • ‘The film focuses on two borstal ‘trainees’ - a euphemistic term for inmates - with differing approaches to beating the system.’
    • ‘The ad in the classified section of the newspaper was vague and euphemistic.’
    • ‘Senators in both hearings sought answers as to why each person supported ‘torture’, or its close euphemistic cousin, ‘coercive interrogation practices’.’
    • ‘This is euphemistic code for achieving imperialistic control over as many regions of the world as possible, through whatever means are necessary (including preemptive war).’
    • ‘And it also meant that he was on a large number of painkillers, which, apparently (I can find no euphemistic way to put this) have a variety of different effects on ones bowel.’
    • ‘This somewhat euphemistic term described days when citizens carried out ‘labour service’, neon signs were extinguished, and sake (rice wine) was removed from public sale.’
    • ‘The substitution of a clear word for euphemistic jargon is found in all forms of manufactured communication, but is perhaps most often used by the military.’
    • ‘Things were at best bloated and inefficient; he prefers to dress up the change in rather euphemistic terms.’
    • ‘By the turn of the 20th century, perhaps 15 percent of the adult population in major cities like Paris and London had syphilis, though often the diagnosis was spoken of in the most euphemistic and obfuscatory terms.’
    • ‘With every passing week, the BJP just adds to this euphemistic list.’
    • ‘‘I'm a little embarrassed talking about this but many of us couldn't even walk,’ she weeps, adding that her years as a comfort woman, the euphemistic term for forced prostitution, had done her body irreparable damage.’
    • ‘But to many the biggest worry was the ramming through parliament last month of a bill to allow for Self-Defence Forces - an increasingly euphemistic title - to be sent overseas.’
    • ‘He wants to appropriate this euphemistic term to examine relations between men.’
    • ‘Anyway, speaking as a Pulitzer Prize-winner suffering from deferred success, I am all for a campaign against any form of political correctness or euphemistic nonsense.’
    • ‘Texas's interest in § 21.06 could be recast in similarly euphemistic terms: ‘preserving the traditional sexual mores of our society.’’
    • ‘Germany and the USA would have solved their differences in private, and in euphemistic, polite language.’
    • ‘There are vulgar and euphemistic terms for sex.’
    • ‘It is given each year to a person or organization in the US that has used public language that is, in the committee's judgment, deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, or self-contradictory.’
    • ‘Coercion and ‘rationality’ went together: hence the euphemistic term ‘command economy.’’
    polite, substitute, mild, understated, softened, indirect, neutral, evasive, diplomatic, coded, newspeak, vague, inoffensive, genteel
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