Definition of euphemistic in English:



  • Using or of the nature of a euphemism.

    ‘the euphemistic terms she uses to describe her relationships’
    • ‘Texas's interest in § 21.06 could be recast in similarly euphemistic terms: ‘preserving the traditional sexual mores of our society.’’
    • ‘Coercion and ‘rationality’ went together: hence the euphemistic term ‘command economy.’’
    • ‘Germany and the USA would have solved their differences in private, and in euphemistic, polite language.’
    • ‘The ad in the classified section of the newspaper was vague and euphemistic.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are vulgar and euphemistic terms for sex.’
    • ‘The film focuses on two borstal ‘trainees’ - a euphemistic term for inmates - with differing approaches to beating the system.’
    • ‘Things were at best bloated and inefficient; he prefers to dress up the change in rather euphemistic terms.’
    • ‘He wants to appropriate this euphemistic term to examine relations between men.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Senators in both hearings sought answers as to why each person supported ‘torture’, or its close euphemistic cousin, ‘coercive interrogation practices’.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With every passing week, the BJP just adds to this euphemistic list.’
    polite, substitute, mild, understated, softened, indirect, neutral, evasive, diplomatic, coded, newspeak, vague, inoffensive, genteel
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