[uh-fish-uh-leez, -lees] /əˌfɪʃ əˈliz, -ˈlis/

a style of language used in some statements, often criticized for its use of polysyllabic jargon and obscure, pretentiously wordy phrasing.
language characteristic of official documents, esp when verbose or pedantic

“language of officialdom,” 1881, from official + -ese.


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