I'm trying to remember a word which describes an antonym which has an unnecessary negative connotation.

When I try to remember it I think of a word similar to 'dysphemistic' in terms of the letters used and the syllables, if that makes any sense.

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    Well 'dysphemism' is a word. Are you sure you aren't remembering that? – chasly - reinstate Monica Aug 11 '15 at 11:12
  • @chaslyfromUK Wow. I answered my own question in the very text. Unbelievable. Post your comment as an answer and I'll accept. – Ian Newson Aug 11 '15 at 11:17



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