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dysphemism

Dysphemism is the use of a harsh, more offensive word instead of one considered less harsh. Dysphemism is often contrasted with euphemism. Dysphemisms are generally used to shock or offend.

Examples:

Cancer stick in reference to a cigarette.

Worm food for dead.

Dead tree edition for the paper version of a publication that can be found online.

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