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Noun

[dis-fuh-miz-uh m]

1. the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one.

2. an expression so substituted.

Origin:
Dysphemism is derived from the Greek dys- meaning “ill, bad” and phḗmē meaning “speaking.” It entered English in the late 1800s.

“They were given considerable latitude in determining who should become a target of their “collection efforts.” (The term “spying” was considered a dysphemism, though many believed it to be a more honest description of domestic intelligence work.)”
- David Lindsey, An Absence of Light

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Dysphemism (dis-fuh-miz-uh m)

Noun

1. the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one

2. an expression so substituted

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On the Wikipedia page for Dysphemism.
Abusive language can be used as friendly banter between friends, intended without animosity. This is indicative of close ties, friendship, or familiarity. For example, “Hey, asshole! How’s it going?” or “How’s my favorite moron doing?”
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