[fed-er-uh-leez, -lees]

noun (often initial capital letter)

awkward, evasive, or pretentious prose said to characterize the publications and correspondence of U.S. federal bureaus.

Nearby words

  1. federal reserve district,
  2. federal reserve note,
  3. federal reserve system,
  4. federal savings and loan insurance corporation,
  5. federal trade commission,
  6. federalism,
  7. federalist,
  8. federalist party,
  9. federalist, the,
  10. federalize

Origin of federalese

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