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 23 Jan. 2021.

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