EUPHEMISM (from Gr., having a sound of good omen; , well, and , sound or voice), a figure of speech in which an unpleasant or coarse phrase is replaced by a softer or less offensive expression. A euphemism has sometimes a metaphorical sense, as in the substitution of the word "sleep" for "death."

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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