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

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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 What were the Emmys thinking celebrating this modern day Goebbels, who was the thuggish face of Orwellian doublespeak just moments ago? Lilian Min, Cosmopolitan, "Lucius Malfoy Just Went IN On Sean Spicer Attending the Emmys," 19 Sep. 2017 His flacks and surrogates hand out scraps of information grudgingly, infrequently, and beclouded by fragrant eructations of doublespeak. Charles Seife, Slate Magazine, "The Domesticated Press Corps," 1 Mar. 2017 Bruce Haynes, founding partner of the bipartisan Purple Strategies consulting firm, calls this typical political doublespeak. Salena Zito, Twin Cities, "Salena Zito: Hillary Clinton’s perfectly crafted untruths," 10 May 2017 The novel, published in 1949, conjured up a bleak vision of an authoritarian society where propaganda has replaced reality and doublespeak has ousted truth. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "George Orwell’s ‘1984’ sales blast off, thanks to Donald Trump," 27 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of doublespeak

1952, in the meaning defined above

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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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