What is a word or phrase that is used in place of a word that has an unfavorable connotation?

1 Answer
Mar 21, 2018

C. Euphemism

Explanation:

A. circumlocution- this answer choice is incorrect because circumlocution is the usage of many (unnecessary) words

B. synonym- this answer choice is incorrect because a synonym is a similar word, not a more favorable word

D. homonym- this answer choice is incorrect because homonyms are words that have multiple, unrelated meanings (ex. swallow- gulp or a type of bird)

Euphemism is a nicer expression that can be used in place of a derogatory term. It comes from a Greek stem that means "good" (think of euphoria).