What Is a Euphemism? (with Examples)

A euphemism is the use of agreeable or inoffensive words to replace rude or offensive ones.

A euphemism is a figure of speech and an example of figurative language.

Examples of Euphemisms

Here are some examples of common euphemisms:

More Examples of Common Euphemisms

Here are some more commonly used euphemisms:
a few sandwiches short of a picnicmad
cognitively challengedstupid
didnít make ithas died
differently ableddisabled
exotic dancerstripper
kicked the buckethas died
knocked upis pregnant
letting you goyou're fired
lost his marblesmad
over the hilltoo old to function effectively
visually challengedvisually impaired

A Quick Test

Help Us To Improve English Grammar Lessons
Please tell us using this form.

See Also

What is figurative language? What is a figure of speech? What does literal meaning mean? What is a metaphor? What is a simile? What is personification? What is hyperbole? What is an idiom? What is alliteration? What is assonance? What is consonance? What is a logosglyph? What is onomatopoeia? Glossary of grammatical terms