dou·​ble·​speak | \ ˈdə-bəl-ˌspēk How to pronounce doublespeak (audio) \

Definition of doublespeak

: language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth also : gobbledygook

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doublespeaker \ ˈdə-​bəl-​ˌspē-​kər How to pronounce doublespeaker (audio) \ noun

Examples of doublespeak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Support from law enforcement and rubber stamping by regulators has been enabled, in part, by tepid doublespeak from politicians. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Next Standing Rock Is Everywhere," 7 Oct. 2019 The book's central conceit—an island where concepts intermittently disappear from society's collective understanding—has proved irresistible to American critics, who hail the novel's relevance in a time of pervasive doublespeak and gaslighting. Wired, "The Memory Police," 20 Aug. 2019 Hearst Connecticut Media columnist Ken Dixon pointed out the same doublespeak on the topic coming from Republican legislators, who railed against the state budget but are choosing to celebrate this piece of it. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Gov. Ned Lamont’s vacation, sales tax free week starts and Sen. Chris Murphy and Donald Trump talk guns," 16 Aug. 2019 In its day, Mad would have rolled its googly eyes at the corporate doublespeak of its own death notice. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mad magazine is dying — maybe we should worry," 7 July 2019 But there is also a corollary at play to the traditional Orwellianism: a kind of emotional doublespeak. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "How to Look Away," 20 June 2018 This kind of anti-intellectual, cynical doublespeak is terrible for our country, and Facebook, as the world's largest arbiter of information, is obligated to do something about it. Jack Moore, GQ, "Facebook VP Says They Won't Use Experts to Fix Their Fake News Problem for a Very Silly Reason," 22 Jan. 2018 Augustus and Tiberius were dedicated to Rome’s imperial doublespeak, paying lip service to the republic while ruling as emperors. Dana Vachon, Slate Magazine, "Donald Trump’s Wall Street Enablers," 7 Feb. 2017 Victory was what counted, power, muscularity, doublespeak if necessary. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Jeffrey Eugenides’s Short Stories Salvage Wit From Life’s Grind," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of doublespeak

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doublespeak was in 1952

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“Doublespeak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doublespeak

disapproving : language that can be understood in more than one way and that is used to trick or deceive people

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