Big Brotherism


Big Broth·​er·​ism -ˈbrə-t͟hər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Big Brotherism (audio)
: authoritarian attempts at complete control (as of a person or a nation)

Examples of Big Brotherism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weaponizing social media and other U.S. businesses to do what the Constitution would not allow government to do is Big Brotherism. WSJ, 31 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Big Brotherism was in 1950

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“Big Brotherism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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