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[jur-nl-eez, -ees] /ˌdʒɜr nlˈiz, -ˈis/
a manner of writing or speaking characterized by clichés, occasional neologism, archness, sensationalizing adjectives, unusual or faulty syntax, etc., used by some journalists, especially certain columnists, and regarded as typical journalistic style.
writing or expression in this manner:
Get that journalese out of your copy!
of, relating to, or characterized by this manner (often used predicatively):
That word's not English, it's journalese.
Origin of journalese
First recorded in 1880-85; journal + -ese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The column he was reading described the wedding of his uncle with Miss Jenny Launton, and journalese surpassed itself.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • It was by the crude, almost barbaric, cry of his journalese that Rudyard Kipling awoke the world with a start.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • The strong light at the back of the house—a wobbly one—was rapidly becoming a glow in the heavens, as they say in journalese.

  • The writing of good, plain English, rather than "smart" journalese should be the aim.

  • It has been translated into Austrian-German and thence retranslated into British journalese.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • In journalese, to perform upon a musical instrument; as, "He presided at the piccolo."

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Distinct from journalese, the two yet overlap, "and have a knack of assimilating each other's vices."

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • In this empire of journalese a man finds it so very easy to say the wrong thing that he never thinks of saying anything else.

    George Bernard Shaw Gilbert K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for journalese


(derogatory) a superficial cliché-ridden style of writing regarded as typical of newspapers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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