A euphemism is the replacement of a direct statement of something potentially unpleasant with an indirect expression. For example, instead of stating that someone has "died", one might say that he has "passed away." Another example is to say that someone was "let go," rather than "fired".
In hermeneutics the term "artistic license" is used by the less conservative, more liberal textual critics of the Bible as a euphemism for saying that the Gospel writers invented stories, embellished the truth, altered facts and lied.
- This may not be the best example, since "passed away" connotes moving on to the afterlife, while "died" does not carry that same connotation.