minced oath

minced oath (plural minced oaths)

  1. A type of euphemism based on a profanity or blasphemy that has been altered to remove the objectionable characteristics of the original expression; polite expletive.
  • French: formule d'évitement, forme édulcorée
  • German: abgemildertes Schimpfwort, entschärfter Fluch

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