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A usage of language in which an unpleasant or derogatory word or expression is substituted for a neutral one, as in jackals and hyenas of the press for journalists, or self-abuse for masturbation. Compare euphemism. [From Greek dys- ill, bad, or abnormal + pheme speech, from phanai to speak]

Subjects: Psychology.

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