Doublespeak ExamplesThis is a list of about fifty doublespeak examples. For each doublespeak you'll find a definition, example sentences, notes and a quick quiz question.
imprisonment without charge or a trial
cuts in government spending on public programs and services
a secret government or military operation
deaths and injuries of innocent people in military operations
women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during World War Two
a political donation or "bribe"
a prison or jail
accounting methods used by unethical companies to cheat the tax department, shareholders, employees, etc.
a person imprisoned without charge or a trial
any place in which people are imprisoned without charge or a trial
to murder a political or human rights activist
deceptive language, or words and phrases that hide the truth
to reduce staff numbers by firing people
economical with the truth
to be telling a lie
to attack or fight enemy forces
illegal abduction, transport, imprisonment and torture of suspects in secret locations
religious beliefs that cause prejudice against gay people, single mothers, unmarried couples, divorced people, etc.
bullets or bombs from one's own side that kill or injure one's own people
the murder of one family member by another after a social taboo has been broken
the slave trade
terrorist attack, bombing, mass murder, suicide, etc.
a person who can't find work
killed while fighting in a war
to be fired from your job
a euphemism for crimes committed by professionals, business people, corrupt officials, the police and the military
to kill a person
invaded and controlled by enemy forces
to violently suppress protesters or rioters
a surprise attack before declaring war or invading a country
to force someone to change their beliefs or political views
forced change of government after a foreign military invasion
liquid waste from a factory, mine, farm, etc.
a town built on land taken by force or occupied by invaders
people who build homes and towns on other people's land
a bomb or missile attack that's supposed to accurately strike its target
to fire somebody from their job
terminate with extreme prejudice
to murder, assassinate or execute a person on the orders of a government official
a foreigner without a visa or work permit
money from corruption
murders ordered by a government agency