dysphemism
Definition - The substituting of harsh words for milder ones.

Example -
George W. Bush implemented a Nazi-like Final Solution to the New Hampshire electoral distribution problem.

Etymology -
The word was coined by combining the Greek dys, bad, with euphemism.
Note: The word euphemism derives from the Greek euphemismos, the using of a favorable word in place of an unfavorable one (from the Greek eu, good + pheme, speaking).

Oxford English Dictionary -
The first citation for dysphemism is from 1884: "The great system which Comte, and other assailants, call by the euphemism, or dysphemism, of Catholicism."
( L. A. Tollemache Safe Studies 142 )



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