Enough Indians may remain to constitute, in the end, the nucleus of what is euphemistically termed a civilised centre.
Tony was turning pan-cakes in a skillet, while Jimmie was laboring with a dark mixture that they euphemistically called coffee.
The victim was offered as a burnt sacrifice, which in Hebrew idiom was euphemistically described as passing through the fire.
It was euphemistically described as "a present" or "a blessing," but must be regarded either as a tribute or a bribe.
Jane was red haired, and her nose was what is euphemistically called retroussé.
They demanded that the power of Miloš should be limited by something which they euphemistically called "an organic regulation."
It may euphemistically be called a blended wine, but is in reality diluted wine.
Thus ended a second 'run home' (as those trips were euphemistically called) of a year each.
The old farm-house had been euphemistically christened the Villa Beausejour by the Colonel's staff.
What sort of a place she euphemistically described as "a tidy room" I never discovered.
1650s, from Greek euphemismos "use of a favorable word in place of an inauspicious one," from euphemizein "speak with fair words, use words of good omen," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + pheme "speaking," from phanai "speak" (see fame (n.)).
In ancient Greece, the superstitious avoidance of words of ill-omen during religious ceremonies, or substitutions such as Eumenides "the Gracious Ones" for the Furies (see also Euxine). In English, a rhetorical term at first; broader sense of "choosing a less distasteful word or phrase than the one meant" is first attested 1793. Related: Euphemistic; euphemistically.
An agreeable word or expression substituted for one that is potentially offensive, often having to do with bodily functions, sex, or death; for example, rest room for toilet, lady of the evening for prostitute. The Nazis used euphemism in referring to their plan to murder the world's Jews as “the Final Solution.”