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[duhb-uh l-speek] /ˈdʌb əlˌspik/
evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.
Origin of doublespeak
1950-55; double + speak, by analogy with doublethink
Related forms
doublespeaker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


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

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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