Definition of doublespeak in English:

doublespeak

noun

mass noun
  • Deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language.

    ‘the art of political doublespeak’
    • ‘Unless the risk is defined it is political doublespeak.’
    • ‘It's fitting that in speaking her mind on behalf of her constituents, she stays away from the convoluted doublespeak that passes for political rhetoric these days and, instead, calls'em like she sees'em.’
    • ‘The political season is always a prime opportunity to hear new examples of doublespeak - the use of language to make lies seem truthful.’
    • ‘By contrast, doublespeak is dishonest and dangerous.’
    • ‘Instead, he retreated behind the refuge of denial and doublespeak.’
    • ‘The timing could be a mere coincidence; it could also be plain doublespeak.’
    • ‘The desire to disable corporate jargon and political doublespeak is a mission that Mullen shares with the Language Poets, but that is not the only area of expression that focuses her interest.’
    • ‘He lacks one of the basic political skills: the art of doublespeak.’
    • ‘Don't let all the double taxation doublespeak make you doubt that for one minute.’
    • ‘His oratory and intellectual robustness a breath of fresh air from the political doublespeak that obscures the core issues of the conflict.’
    • ‘The Commission liked my theory well enough to bury it in political doublespeak and jargon and call it their own.’
    • ‘His witty sarcasm has been replaced by the still-ironic but much less amusing regime of menacing doublespeak.’
    • ‘At best doublespeak makes language sound messy and vague; at worst it makes lies sound like truth.’
    • ‘The electorate is not susceptible to such doublespeak.’
    • ‘We need candidates armed with insight, not condescending doublespeak.’
    • ‘What a heartening response without any of the standard political doublespeak.’
    • ‘That guy has doublespeak down to an art form, like really good poetry.’
    • ‘The doublespeak is evident in that it's all coined in words of freedom.’
    • ‘He seems to prefer candor to contention, honest talk to doublespeak.’
    • ‘Hence, if my article was intended as doublespeak, the foregoing is my apology.’
    prevarication, vagueness, qualification, ambiguity, uncertainty, ambivalence, indecision, doubt
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Origin

1950s: often attributed incorrectly to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Pronunciation

doublespeak

/ˈdʌb(ə)lspiːk/