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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of language characterized by jargon and euphemism that is used especially by bureaucrats: "Soviet bureaucratese, especially the tongue-twisting acronyms and alien-sounding portmanteau words of the state security apparatus” ( Strobe Talbott).

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  • n. A style of language, typically used by bureaucrats, that uses jargon or euphemism to the detriment of broader understanding.
  • n. Any language containing many non-essential words intended to imply more importance or intelligence than is actually present.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the formal and often obscure style of writing characteristic of some government officials; officialese; -- it is characterized by euphemisms, circumlocutions, vague abstractions, and circumlocutions.

Etymologies

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bureaucrat +‎ -ese

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