Definition of doublespeak in US English:

doublespeak

noun

  • Deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language.

    ‘the art of political doublespeak’
    • ‘The electorate is not susceptible to such doublespeak.’
    • ‘Unless the risk is defined it is political doublespeak.’
    • ‘He lacks one of the basic political skills: the art of doublespeak.’
    • ‘Instead, he retreated behind the refuge of denial and 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.’
    • ‘He seems to prefer candor to contention, honest talk to doublespeak.’
    • ‘Hence, if my article was intended as doublespeak, the foregoing is my apology.’
    • ‘At best doublespeak makes language sound messy and vague; at worst it makes lies sound like truth.’
    • ‘By contrast, doublespeak is dishonest and dangerous.’
    • ‘The doublespeak is evident in that it's all coined in words of freedom.’
    • ‘The Commission liked my theory well enough to bury it in political doublespeak and jargon and call it their own.’
    • ‘The timing could be a mere coincidence; it could also be plain doublespeak.’
    • ‘The political season is always a prime opportunity to hear new examples of doublespeak - the use of language to make lies seem truthful.’
    • ‘We need candidates armed with insight, not condescending doublespeak.’
    • ‘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    • ‘His witty sarcasm has been replaced by the still-ironic but much less amusing regime of menacing doublespeak.’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.’
    • ‘Don't let all the double taxation doublespeak make you doubt that for one minute.’
    • ‘That guy has doublespeak down to an art form, like really good poetry.’
    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/