noun Psychology.
any impairment in the ability to speak.

1890–95; < Neo-Latin < Greek dys- dys- + phḗm(ē) utterance + -ia -ia

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1884, "substitution of a vulgar or derogatory word or expression for a dignified or normal one," from Gk. dys- "bad, abnormal, difficult" (see dys-) + pheme "speaking," from phanai "speak" (see fame). The opposite of euphemism. Rediscovered 1933 from Fr. formation dysphémisme (1927).
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dysphemia dys·phe·mi·a (dĭs-fē'mē-ə)
A speech disorder characterized by stammering or stuttering and usually having an emotional or psychological basis.

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