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

Other Words from doublespeak

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

Examples of doublespeak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite Beijing’s doublespeak, the administration should continue to engage the PRC. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 27 Mar. 2022 The doublespeak also shows up in the first episode on the speakerphone call. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 The novel picks up just as Nigeria — or the author’s stand-in for his home country — is gearing up to celebrate its annual Festival of the People of Happiness, yet another example of official doublespeak. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 But after a few trips over the path — one on its opening night and the others Wednesday morning and evening — the words felt like doublespeak. Diana Budds, Curbed, 17 Sep. 2021 The aftermath is chaotic: media sensationalism and political doublespeak have done their work. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 That happier state of affairs was achieved by his administration’s unambiguous embrace of the U.S.–Israel alliance and dismantling of the diplomatic doublespeak that kept Israel in a gray area for so long. Victoria Coates, National Review, 14 May 2021 The doublespeak—overturning an election to ensure the integrity of the electoral process—echoed that of another era, in which secessionists talked about dissolving the Union in order to preserve the integrity of the Founders’ vision. Elliot Ackerman, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 For those uninitiated in Washington doublespeak, earmarks are back. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 18 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of doublespeak

1952, in the meaning defined above

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