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dysphemism

[dis-fuh-miz-uh m] /ˈdɪs fəˌmɪz əm/
noun
1.
the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one.
2.
an expression so substituted.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; dys- + (eu)phemism
Related forms
dysphemistic, adjective
Antonyms
euphemism.
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Examples for dysphemism
  • Now the honest word secondhand is relegated to the ash heap of dysphemism, shivering in its preowned fur.
  • The plaintiff's activities in organizing other inmates and manipulating them clearly justified this dysphemism.
British Dictionary definitions for dysphemism

dysphemism

/ˈdɪsfɪˌmɪzəm/
noun
1.
substitution of a derogatory or offensive word or phrase for an innocuous one
2.
the word or phrase so substituted
Derived Forms
dysphemistic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: dys- + euphemism
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