officialese

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From official +‎ -ese.

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officialese (uncountable)

  1. The typical language of officials or official documents; legalistic and pompous language. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin 2012, p. 263:
      These were men, the chronicler continued, who ‘spoke pleasantly’, in the smooth officialese that most of Henry's counsellors were accustomed to deploy […].

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