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Instead of saying “killed” when reporting on war situations

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Instead of saying “killed” when reporting on war situations [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2017, 19:31
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Instead of saying “killed” when reporting on war situations, the military often uses more anodyne phrases such as “neutralizing the target” or “collateral damage;” these attempts to gloss reality with _______ do nothing to alleviate the impact of the news.
A. elucidation
B. periphrasis
C. prevarication
D. circumlocution
E. hyperbole
F. dysphemisms


[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B and D
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Instead of saying “killed” when reporting on war situations [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2017, 16:47
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Explanation

The military is using anodyne phrases to gloss reality, so a word that means something like euphemisms or unclear statements. Both elucidation and dysphemisms are nearly the opposite of what you’re looking for, so eliminate choices (A) and (F).

Neither prevarication, which means untruth, nor hyperbole, which means exaggeration, is supported by the sentence, so eliminate choices (C) and (E). Both periphrasis and circumlocutions can mean unclear statements, so choices (B) and (D) give you appropriate, equivalent sentences.
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