Definitions of dysphemism

n an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one

“his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter”
an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
bus, heap, jalopy
a car that is old and unreliable
old man
an informal term for your father
Type of:
expression, locution, saying
a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

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