1. also dysphemism; a word or expression that is generally perceived as harsh, impolite, or offensive; the use of a derogatory, offensive or vulgar word or phrase to replace a (more) neutral original.
2. unfair and/or negative treatment of a person via the use of a derogatory word or expression.
3. a word or phrase that is used to replace another in this way.
Etymology: from Greek kakos, “bad” + -phemism, suffix relating to “speech”.
[Jasmine Becket-Griffith - Pale Medusa]