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newspeak

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noun 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

Full Definition of newspeak

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

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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