Ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda: ‘deterrence’ is just Newspeak for plain old threatening
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- When I first heard Pentagon newspeak refer to assassination as ‘decapitation,’ I naturally thought of Charles I and Louis XVI.
- It's spin, it's all newspeak, it's double thinking, it's analysts talking about Telstra.
- And some American journalists have begun to make that newspeak their own, among them CNN's senior international correspondent Robertson.
1949: the name of an artificial official language in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Definition of newspeak in:
- The US English dictionary