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doublespeak

[duhb-uh l-speek] /ˈdʌb əlˌspik/
noun
1.
evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; double + speak, by analogy with doublethink
Related forms
doublespeaker, noun
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Examples for doublespeak
  • Sorry if someone's nifty spin or fancy doublespeak led you to get a couple things backwards.
  • Many megatons of food aid did get through the stonewalling and doublespeak, and lives were saved by it.
  • To avoid doublespeak, what matters is that the substance of the discourse does not change.
  • He was done in by his inability to use technology, his addiction to political doublespeak and his inability to admit mistakes.
  • Outlines the long history and the dangers of doublespeak--language that misleads, distorts, and deceives.
  • People often purposely use vague terms and doublespeak to avoid having to defend their own words.
British Dictionary definitions for doublespeak

doublespeak

/ˈdʌbəlˌspiːk/
noun
1.
the practice of using ambiguous language regarding political, military, or corporate matters in a deliberate attempt to disguise the truth
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Word Origin and History for doublespeak
n.

1957, from double (adj.) + speak, coined on model of doublethink in Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (the language in that book was Newspeak).

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Idioms and Phrases with doublespeak
see: double talk , def. 2.
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