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doublespeak

Deliberately evasive, confusing, contradictory, and/or ambiguous language used to mislead or deceive the listener. Likely adapted from George Orwell's term "doublethink," from his 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, meaning the ability to simultaneously hold two opposing thoughts or beliefs as being correct in one's mind. Like any successful politician, she was quite adept at doublespeak whenever confronted with bad publicity.

double talk

1. Meaningless speech, gibberish mixing real and invented words. For example, Some popular songs are actually based on double talk. [1930s]
2. Also, doublespeak. Deliberately ambiguous and evasive language. For example, I got tired of her double talk and demanded to know the true story, or His press secretary was very adept at doublespeak. This usage dates from the late 1940s, and the variant from about 1950.
See also: double, talk
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He was pressed by the interviewer, but still managed to double-speak his way out of the mire without once looking ashamed of himself.
We want a strong, confident voice and perhaps we shall finally hear one which has not been tainted by Downing Street double-speak.
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It wallows in unbridled euphoria; it drips with double-speak, mock-sincerity, and cynicism.
His claims of wishing to pursue other interests is Tory double-speak for chasing a Jeffrey Archer-sized fortune.
We are starting to change a long tradition of hypocrisy and double-speak by the Mexican government.
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Such double-speak has become a staple of discourse on this civil war.
Great Western's statement concerning `additional information' is double-speak and disingenuous.
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But three governments, Britain, France and Germany, combining to build the world's largest airliner, have managed to produce a chaotic situation, beset with indecision and double-speak.
National League manager Dusty Baker, continuing with his recent roll of double-speak, said he would try to play everyone and win the game.