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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mince v. t. [imp. & p. p. Minced p. pr. & vb. n. Minging ]
 1. To cut into very small pieces; to chop fine; to hash; as, to mince meat.
 2. To suppress or weaken the force of; to extenuate; to palliate; to tell by degrees, instead of directly and frankly; to clip, as words or expressions; to utter half and keep back half of; as, he doesn't mince words.
    I know no ways to mince it in love, but directly to say -- =\“I love you.”\=   --Shak.
 Siren, now mince the sin,
 And mollify damnation with a phrase.   --Dryden.
    If, to mince his meaning, I had either omitted some part of what he said, or taken from the strength of his expression, I certainly had wronged him.   --Dryden.
 3. To affect; to make a parade of. [R.]