- evasive, ambiguous language that is intended to deceive or confuse.
Origin of doublespeak
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Related Wordsworthless, insignificant, trivial, senseless, inconsequential, hollow, unimportant, useless, absurd, pointless, vague, empty, futile, ludicrous, stupid, illogical, incongruous, unreasonable, ridiculous, mindless
Examples from the Web for doublespeak
Hollande is ‘the king of doublespeak, ambiguity, and perpetual lies’Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
The Cold War had become a battlefield marked by doublespeak.What Cold War CIA Interrogators Learned from the Nazis
February 11, 2014
He argues that the Islamists are two-faced and engage in doublespeak.Tunisia’s Dark Turn
March 17, 2013
Facebook brought this on itself, with too many sneaky privacy changes, too much hubris and doublespeak.Google’s New Twitter Killer
July 27, 2011
- 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with doublespeak
see double talk, def. 2.
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