gov·​ern·​men·​tese ˌgə-vər-mən-ˈtēz How to pronounce governmentese (audio)
: jargon held to be characteristic of government officials

Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of governmentese was in 1907

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“Governmentese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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