from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See double talk.
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- n. Any language deliberately constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often by employing euphemism or ambiguity. Typically used by governments or large institutions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not
double + -speak. Coined in the 1950s in the vein of George Orwell's Newspeak as used in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four. The word doublespeak does not appear in the book, although newspeak, oldspeak, and doublethink do. (Wiktionary)