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Euphemism and Dysphemism
(2,177 words)


Euphemism is a lexical phenomenon whereby certain words become subject to linguistic interdiction and are replaced, due to apotropaic fear of the taboo items to which they refer or to embarassment when dealing with unpleasant topics; such verbal dissimulation makes use of various formal and semantic devices. Euphemisms may be divided into three groups on the basis of their subject-ma…

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Tiziana Pellucchi, “Euphemism and Dysphemism”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000127>
First published online: 2013

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