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 doublespeak (audio) \ noun

Examples of doublespeak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This distinction between prioritization and rationing may seem technical, or like doublespeak. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "What the Chaos in Hospitals Is Doing to Doctors," 22 Dec. 2020 But some of these same voices note that members of Macron’s own cabinet have undermined his message on Islam with comments that come across as doublespeak. Washington Post, "France insists it’s targeting Islamist extremism. But some French Muslims see a broader agenda.," 14 Nov. 2020 Members left Mayor Jacob Frey twisting in the wind when the riots started and used doublespeak to justify their stupid statements that started everything. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Election results, polarization, Minneapolis police, the Catholic Church," 12 Nov. 2020 Camp suits Trump’s larger rhetorical style, which uses jokes and doublespeak to advance an agenda that many Americans find objectionable when stated in plain language. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Reelection Campaign Is Total Camp," 30 Oct. 2020 And the UC Berkeley political science professor has studied doublespeak for a decade. Joe Garofoli,, "Republicans’ flip-flop on Supreme Court — will voters buy it?," 22 Sep. 2020 Though its website is clogged with business-to-business doublespeak, if Autobidder's overall behavior at that battery farm is any indication, the model itself is pretty straightforward. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Would Like to Help You Trade Energy," 4 May 2020 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

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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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6 Feb 2021

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“Doublespeak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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