What does the word euphemism mean?

Usage examples for euphemism

  1. Meanwhile what becomes of the " Survival of the Fittest", which is only a euphemism for the strangling of the feeble by the strong? – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  2. Seeing him thus quadrupedal in the grass, the priest raised his eyebrows rather sadly; and for the first time guessed that " fancies things" might be an euphemism. – The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  3. My physicians used the polite euphemism of " cerebral congestion" to describe my state which, in reality, was one of temporary insanity, and it seemed almost hopeless that I should ever recover my health and poise. – Quit Your Worrying! by George Wharton James