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newspeak

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noun, often capitalized new·speak \ˈnü-ˌspēk, ˈnyü-\

Simple Definition of newspeak

  • : speech or writing that uses words in a way that changes their meaning especially to persuade people to think a certain way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of newspeak

  1. :  propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings

Did You Know?

The term "newspeak" was coined by George Orwell in his 1949 anti-utopian novel 1984. In Orwell's fictional totalitarian state, Newspeak was a language favored by the minions of Big Brother and, in Orwell's words, "designed to diminish the range of thought." Newspeak was characterized by the elimination or alteration of certain words, the substitution of one word for another, the interchangeability of parts of speech, and the creation of words for political purposes. The word has caught on in general use to refer to confusing or deceptive bureaucratic jargon.

Origin of newspeak

Newspeak, a language “designed to diminish the range of thought,” in the novel 1984 (1949) by George Orwell


First Known Use: 1950


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