bu·​reau·​crat·​ese | \ˌbyu̇r-ə-(ˌ)kra-ˈtēz, -ˈtēs, ˌbyər-\

Definition of bureaucratese 

: a style of language held to be characteristic of bureaucrats and marked by abstractions, jargon, euphemisms, and circumlocutions

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Graff, a magazine journalist, delights in describing these hideaways (whose existence was first revealed in the 1990s) and the plans for using them; as a result, his narrative sometimes gets bogged down in elaborate, acronym-laden bureaucratese. Justin Vogt, New York Times, "How Washington Planned for a Cold-War Apocalypse," 16 June 2017

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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