evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.

1950–55; double + speak, by analogy with doublethink

doublespeaker, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
doublespeak (ˈdʌbəlˌspiːk)
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 & History

1957, from double + speak, coined on model of doublethink in Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four (the language in that book was Newspeak).
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Idioms & Phrases


see double talk, def. 2.

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Example sentences
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.
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