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 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 This distinction between prioritization and rationing may seem technical, or like doublespeak. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 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, 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, 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, 30 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Doublespeak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 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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