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genteelism

[jen-tee-liz-uh m] /dʒɛnˈti lɪz əm/
noun
1.
a word or phrase used in place of another, supposedly less genteel term: “Limb” is a genteelism for “leg.”.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; genteel + -ism
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genteelism

/dʒɛnˈtiːlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a word or phrase used in place of a less genteel one
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