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doublespeak

[duhb-uh l-speek] /ˈdʌb əlˌspik/
noun
1.
evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.
Origin of doublespeak
1950-1955
1950-55; double + speak, by analogy with doublethink
Related forms
doublespeaker, noun
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doublespeak

/ˈdʌbəlˌspiːk/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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doublespeak

see: double talk , def. 2.
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