Definition of doublespeak in English:

doublespeak

noun

  • Deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language.

    ‘the art of political doublespeak’
    • ‘The doublespeak is evident in that it's all coined in words of freedom.’
    • ‘Unless the risk is defined it is political doublespeak.’
    • ‘That guy has doublespeak down to an art form, like really good poetry.’
    • ‘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 Commission liked my theory well enough to bury it in political doublespeak and jargon and call it their own.’
    • ‘We need candidates armed with insight, not condescending doublespeak.’
    • ‘By contrast, doublespeak is dishonest and dangerous.’
    • ‘The electorate is not susceptible to such 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.’
    • ‘His witty sarcasm has been replaced by the still-ironic but much less amusing regime of menacing doublespeak.’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.’
    • ‘What a heartening response without any of the standard political doublespeak.’
    • ‘Instead, he retreated behind the refuge of denial and doublespeak.’
    • ‘The political season is always a prime opportunity to hear new examples of doublespeak - the use of language to make lies seem truthful.’
    • ‘The timing could be a mere coincidence; it could also be plain doublespeak.’
    • ‘Hence, if my article was intended as doublespeak, the foregoing is my apology.’
    • ‘He seems to prefer candor to contention, honest talk to doublespeak.’
    • ‘He lacks one of the basic political skills: the art of doublespeak.’
    • ‘At best doublespeak makes language sound messy and vague; at worst it makes lies sound like truth.’
    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

/ˈdəbəlˌspēk//ˈdəbəlˌspik/