doublespeak

noun dou·ble·speak \ ˈdə-bəl-ˌspēk \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of doublespeak

: language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth; also : gobbledygook

doublespeaker

play \-ˌspē-kər\ noun

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First Known Use of doublespeak

1952


DOUBLESPEAK Defined for English Language Learners

doublespeak

noun

Definition of doublespeak for English Language Learners

  • : language that can be understood in more than one way and that is used to trick or deceive people


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