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noun

A figure of speech by which a less offensive phrase is substituted to convey a harsh thought. For example, pass away is a euphemism for die.

Euphemisms abound for prostitution, but spend a week combing through the phone records of the so-called "D.C. Madam," and it's clear that "call girl" is far and away the most apt. It is all about the calls.

—In “D.C. Madam's” Phone Records, A Slice of Washington, Cable News Network

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