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Euphemism (u’-fa-miz’-em) is a substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensive.

Euphemism is an example of:
Augmentation, Substitution

Now, sister, what’s the comfort?

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Now, sister, what’s the comfort?
As all comforts are, most good, most good indeed.Epizeuxis
Lord Angelo, having affairs to heaven,
Intends you for his swift ambassador,
Where you shall be an everlasting leiger;Metaphor

Therefore your best appointment make with speed.
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Sir, I was an inward of his

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Sir, I was an inward of his. A shy fellow was the
Duke, and I believe I know the cause of his
Duke, as Friar
What, I prithee, might be the cause?
No, pardon. ’Tis a secret must be locked within
the teeth and the lips.

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