doublethink

noun
dou·​ble·​think | \ ˈdə-bəl-ˌthiŋk How to pronounce doublethink (audio) \

Definition of doublethink

: a simultaneous belief in two contradictory ideas

Examples of doublethink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a tricky bit of doublethink to this argument. Constance Grady, Vox, "Why Marianne Williamson’s most famous passage keeps getting cited as a Nelson Mandela quote," 30 July 2019 In an atmosphere of freedom — namely, Britain’s — they, too, were experiencing doublethink. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "The Incredible Guts of Thae Yong-ho," 8 July 2019 At the Starlight project, for which UCSB is the operational headquarters, entertaining the idea of seeding other planets with life involves a certain amount of doublethink. The Economist, "Colonising the galaxy is hard. Why not send bacteria instead?," 12 Apr. 2018 Amazon speak: Cleveland's bid to win Amazon's second headquarters has introduced a new line of doublethink that would make George Orwell blush. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "CLE Chatter: Metroparks to settle rangers lawsuit; racial tension in local Democratic Party; and more Amazon H2Q nonsense," 19 Jan. 2018 Casual fans will be far more entertained by Mr Fogel’s Orwellian tale of doping doublethink. The Economist, "On your marks, get techTechnology and the quest for sporting records," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of doublethink

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Doublethink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doublethink. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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