[ duhb-uh l-speek ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˌspik /


evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.

Origin of doublespeak

1950–55; double + speak, by analogy with doublethink
Related formsdou·ble·speak·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for doublespeak


/ (ˈdʌbəlˌspiːk) /


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



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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Idioms and Phrases with doublespeak


see double talk, def. 2.

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