Daily Archives: November 26, 2013

Charientismus

Charientismus (kar-i-en-tia’-mus): Mollifying harsh words by answering them with a smooth and appeasing mock.

Sure, I broke the bank, but at least I didn’t break your heart, your chachkas, your poodle, or anything else that’s near and dear to you (including me).

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)