A euphemism is a word or expression used in lieu of a harsher alternative. For example, someone might say they’re “taking an early retirement” instead of admitting they got fired. So, why would we see euphemisms in literature if the goal of any piece of writing is clarity?
Well, they spice things up! This places euphemisms in the distinguished league of literary devices. They put a new spin on ordinary words and expressions and, if they’re really clever, make the reader think. Let’s explore some euphemism in literature examples.