Genteelism



[jen-tee-liz-uh m] /dʒɛnˈti lɪz əm/

noun
1.
a word or phrase used in place of another, supposedly less term: “Limb” is a genteelism for “leg.”.
/dʒɛnˈtiːlɪzəm/
noun
1.
a word or phrase used in place of a less genteel one

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