Or·​well·​ian | \ ȯr-ˈwe-lē-ən How to pronounce Orwellian (audio) \

Definition of Orwellian

: of, relating to, or suggestive of George Orwell or his writings especially : relating to or suggestive of the dystopian reality depicted in the novel 1984 Privacy advocates … warn that advances in technology and data collection simply make an Orwellian slippery slope even more slippery. — Barbara Presley Noble Some critics view knowledge engineering as a threat, as the vanguard of an Orwellian future in which thinking machines take control. — Robert Reinhold The X-Files and its spooky televised brethren dwell in that political twilight zone where left and right meet and greet—an Orwellian, Kafka-esque alien nation that's populated with suspicious folks who have too much time on their hands and a deep sense that something is horribly, horribly wrong. — David Wild Now despised and feared, the Army has become a virtual occupation force in its own country, compounding what was already an Orwellian nightmare of spies, doublespeak propaganda, curfews, and petty state control of daily life. — Clayton Jones

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Orwellianism \ ȯr-​ˈwe-​lē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce Orwellian (audio) , -​ˈwel-​yə-​ˌni-​zəm \ noun
Orwellianism isn't just about big government; it's about authoritarianism coupled with lies. — Gordon Bowker

First Known Use of Orwellian

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Orwellian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Orwellian. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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