officialese


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of·fi·cial·ese

 (ə-fĭsh′ə-lēz′, -lēs′)
n.
Language characteristic of official documents or statements, especially when obscure, pretentiously wordy, or excessively formal.

officialese

(əˌfɪʃəˈliːz)
n
language characteristic of official documents, esp when verbose or pedantic

of•fi•cial•ese

(əˌfɪʃ əˈliz, -ˈlis)

n.
a style of language typically used in official statements, characterized by polysyllabic jargon and pretentiously wordy phrasing.
[1880–85]

officialese

language characteristic of officialdom, typified by polysyllabism and much periphrasis. Cf. bureaucratese, federalese.
See also: Bureaucracy
language characteristic of officialdom, typified by polysyllabism and much periphrasis.
See also: Language Style
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.officialese - the style of writing characteristic of some government officials: formal and obscure
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
Translations

officialese

[əˌfɪʃəˈliːz] N (pej) → jerga f burocrática

officialese

nBehördensprache f, → Beamtenchinesisch nt (pej)

officialese

[əˌfɪʃəˈliːz] n (pej) → burocratese m
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He also advocates "stronger border management" -- officialese for telling the BSF to shoot more Bangladeshis.
In Soviet days, proclamations of joy, enthusiasm and optimism were associated with state propaganda and officialese.
No speech is not 'important', no applause is not 'warm'," the People's Daily said on its Twitter-like Weibo account, as it poked fun at officialese and invited followers to share the phrases they found most irritating.
34) For a demonstration that Xenophon's wording belongs to the literary realm, in contrast to officialese ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) or colloquial usage ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), see Hagg 1971:32; Rife 2002:105-6.
I do, however, deeply object to the prospect of my bills going up generally because a clumsy new law will foist more Officialese Cymraeg on us all, doing the language no favours whatsoever in the process.
What is repeatedly missing in officialese accounts of what lies behind "disadvantage" is the very thing that everyone in such circles is usually quick to say needs proper recognition: Indigenous culture and society.
In the strange officialese they speak at Kirklees Council, this is known as the night-time economy.
He was released after what is known in US officialese as " secondary questioning".
Other officialese terms such as re-baselining, taxonomy and predictors of beaconicity have no clear definition in Scouse or any other language.
54) His junior planning officer and later successor, Nigel Ashton, said that Weekes used language that was difficult to understand: 'His style of English was very flowery and at least well away from officialese, but his meaning was not always immediately apparent'.
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And their texts all too often seem damped down by the demands of officialese.