doublespeak

noun

dou·​ble·​speak ˈdə-bəl-ˌspēk How to pronounce doublespeak (audio)
: language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth
also : gobbledygook
doublespeaker noun

Examples of doublespeak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the same doublespeak, Exxon Mobil promised reductions of flaring and methane emissions while planning to triple production in the Permian Basin. Sheila Thorne, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024 This is not just about Neil Portnow and not just about the Recording Academy, but about the culture in the music and entertainment industry and its doublespeak about rape and abuse. EW.com, 8 Nov. 2023 But Kauffman’s apology is reflective of the doublespeak by many prominent figures in Hollywood, including executives, actors, directors and writers, when confronted with the underrepresentation of people of color in all aspects of the entertainment business. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Each movie is about a woman whose job grants her access to the truth and whose determined intervention on her family’s behalf winds up stripping away layers of official deception and doublespeak. Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2021 This language is more than Orwellian doublespeak. Tracy Rosenthal, The New Republic, 19 May 2022 Viewers are able to hear Trump's doublespeak. Brian Stelter, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 This doublespeak has not gone unnoticed. Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2022 This sort of ideological doublespeak is common. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 15 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doublespeak was in 1952

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“Doublespeak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doublespeak. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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