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English definition of “officialese”

officialese

noun [U] uk   /əˌfɪʃ.əlˈiːz/ US us  
the type of language, often used in government documents, that is formal and often difficult to understandForms of languages and specialist dialects
(Definition of officialese from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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