federalese
noun Date: 1944 bureaucratese

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • federalese — |fed(ə)rə|lēz, ēs noun ( s) Usage: often capitalized slang : prose that is marked by a needlessly involved and awkwardly pretentious sentence structure and use of a jargon of polysyllabic words and that is sometimes said to characterize the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • federalese — /fed euhr euh leez , lees /, n. (often cap.) awkward, evasive, or pretentious prose said to characterize the publications and correspondence of U.S. federal bureaus. [FEDERAL + ESE] * * * …   Universalium

  • federalese — Synonyms and related words: Varietyese, Wall Streetese, Washingtonese, bunkum, business English, businessese, cinemese, collegese, commercialism, computerese, economese, gobbledygook, journalese, legalese, medical Greek, medicalese, newspaperese …   Moby Thesaurus

  • federalese — the jargon of bureaucrats on the federal payroll …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • federalese — n. unnecessarily complex language used in U.S. government documents and correspondence …   English contemporary dictionary

  • federalese — fed·er·al·ese …   English syllables

  • Pentagonese — Synonyms and related words: Varietyese, Wall Streetese, Washingtonese, business English, businessese, cinemese, collegese, commercialism, computerese, economese, federalese, journalese, legalese, medical Greek, medicalese, newspaperese,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Washingtonese — Synonyms and related words: Varietyese, Wall Streetese, bunkum, business English, businessese, cinemese, collegese, commercialism, computerese, economese, federalese, gobbledygook, journalese, legalese, medical Greek, medicalese, newspaperese,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • buncombe — Synonyms and related words: Washingtonese, adulation, balls, baloney, big talk, bilge, blague, blah, blah blah, blandishment, blarney, bop, bosh, bull, bullshit, bunk, bunkum, cajolement, cajolery, claptrap, compliment, crap, eyewash, fair words …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bunkum — Synonyms and related words: Grade A, Washingtonese, adulation, applesauce, balderdash, balls, baloney, bang up, big talk, bilge, blague, blah, blah blah, blandishment, blarney, blue ribbon, bop, bosh, boss, bull, bullshit, bunk, cajolement,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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