n. An insulting, offensive, or vulgar term used to replace a neutral term.
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I think our age suffers far more from its mealy mouthed euphemisms than it does its crude cacophemisms. The s-word or f-word strikes me as far less obscene than the minimizing, misleading intent of coinages such as collateral damage or weapons-of-mass-destruction-related-program-activities.
—Laura Penny, “Bush has to stop stepping in it,” The Globe and Mail, July 22, 2006
Hey, can you use "cacophemism" in a sentence? I can, now that I know it's the opposite of euphemism. Let's see: Scorning the euphemism "high," Tom used the cacophemism "staggering drunk" to describe his pal's intoxication.
—Nancy Pate, “'Treasury' gives words on words,” Orlando Sentinel, May 17, 1992
1992 (earliest)
Cacophemism. Using a harsh or cruel expression where a milder one would be proper; the opposite of euphemism.
—Paul Dickson, Dickson's Word Treasury, John Wiley & Sons, March 01, 1992
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