genteelism

genteelism

[jen-tee-liz-uhm]
noun
a word or phrase used in place of another, supposedly less genteel term: “Limb” is a genteelism for “leg.”

Origin:
1925–30; genteel + -ism

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genteelism (dʒɛnˈtiːlɪzəm)
 
n
a word or phrase used in place of a less genteel one

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