officialese

noun
of·​fi·​cial·​ese | \ ə-ˌfi-shə-ˈlēz How to pronounce officialese (audio) , -ˈlēs, ō- \

Definition of officialese

: the characteristic language of official statements : wordy, pompous, or obscure language

Examples of officialese in a Sentence

The documents were full of confusing officialese.
Recent Examples on the Web But the euphemism and officialese have appeared to worsen over the decades. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2020 Anyone who knows anything about research in the former Soviet archives would recognize the official reception of Sanders in Yaroslavl in 1988 and subsequent contacts as routine and pure officialese. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of officialese

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for officialese

official entry 2 + -ese entry 2

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“Officialese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/officialese. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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officialese

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English Language Learners Definition of officialese

: the language used in official documents that is difficult for most people to understand

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