One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A word or expression used because it is thought to be socially more acceptable than the everyday word.‘in German usage “sister” was the accepted genteelism for “mistress.”’
polite term, substitute, mild alternative, indirect term, understatement, underplaying, softening, politeness, coy termView synonyms
- ‘Lady used to indicate a woman professional, as in lady doctor and lady lawyer, a genteelism that dates from a time when women were rare in such professions.’
- ‘This genteelism is creeping in all over the place, as if the word ‘me’ has suddenly become impolite.’
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