doublespeak

[ duhb-uhl-speek ]
/ ˈdʌb əlˌspik /

noun

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

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Origin of doublespeak

First recorded in 1950–55; double + speak, by analogy with doublethink

OTHER WORDS FROM doublespeak

dou·ble·speak·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for doublespeak

doublespeak
/ (ˈdʌbəlˌspiːk) /

noun

the practice of using ambiguous language regarding political, military, or corporate matters in a deliberate attempt to disguise the truth
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Idioms and Phrases with doublespeak

doublespeak

see double talk, def. 2.

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