Euphemism in the Bible Overview of the Bible’s use of euphemism, a figure of speech used to avoid offensive, vulgar, or inappropriate language by substituting a more appropriate or less offensive word or phrase.
BIBLE, EUPHEMISM AND DYSPHEMISM IN THE. Reticence with regard to certain subjects—chiefly sexual and excretory functions, death, and matters considered dangerous, numinous, or holy—is notable in varying degrees in many cultures, languages, and literatures; it is also evident in the Bible.A.Introduction
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EUPHEMISM. A socially proper word or expression substituted for one that is considered offensive or inappropriate. Biblical authors and editors often used euphemisms to express things they perceived to be socially sensitive, taboo, or dangerous. Sexual intercourse is described through verbs such as “to