euphemize
transitive verb (-mized; -mizing) Date: 1857 to express or describe euphemistically <
euphemize death
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euphemizer noun

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  • Euphemize — Eu phe*mize, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Euphemized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Euphemizing}.] [Gr. ? .] To express by a euphemism, or in delicate language; to make use of euphemistic expressions. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • euphemize — [yo͞o′fəmīz΄] vt., vi. euphemized, euphemizing to speak or write (of) euphemistically …   English World dictionary

  • euphemize — verb a) To utter one or more euphemisms; to speak euphemistically. There seems to be some support here for the claim that the older group felt a greater need to euphemize in the two contexts in question. b) To describe or refer to by using one or …   Wiktionary

  • euphemize — euphemization, n. euphemizer, n. /yooh feuh muyz /, v., euphemized, euphemizing. v.t. 1. to refer to by means of euphemism. v.i. 2. to employ euphemism. Also, esp. Brit., euphemise. [1855 60; < Gk euphemízein to use words of good omen. See… …   Universalium

  • euphemize — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To use evasive or deliberately vague language: equivocate, hedge, shuffle, tergiversate, weasel. Informal: pussyfoot, waffle. Idioms: beat about (or around) the bush, mince words. See CLEAR …   English dictionary for students

  • euphemize — eu·phe·mize …   English syllables

  • euphemize — eu•phe•mize [[t]ˈyu fəˌmaɪz[/t]] v. t. mized, miz•ing rht to refer to by means of euphemism • Etymology: 1855–60; < Gk euphēmízein to use words of good omen eu′phe•miz er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • euphemize — verb refer to something with a euphemism • Syn: ↑euphemise • Derivationally related forms: ↑euphemism • Hypernyms: ↑denote, ↑refer • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • Euphemized — Euphemize Eu phe*mize, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Euphemized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Euphemizing}.] [Gr. ? .] To express by a euphemism, or in delicate language; to make use of euphemistic expressions. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Euphemizing — Euphemize Eu phe*mize, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Euphemized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Euphemizing}.] [Gr. ? .] To express by a euphemism, or in delicate language; to make use of euphemistic expressions. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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