groupthink

noun
group·​think | \ ˈgrüp-ˌthiŋk How to pronounce groupthink (audio) \

Definition of groupthink

: a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics

Examples of groupthink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conservative pundits and politicians claim this chilling effect is intentional, with colleges overtly pushing liberal groupthink. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 Yet no such inquiry has occurred—at least not one that fully grapples with the shocking self-deception, pervasive misreading of events, and powerful groupthink that drove the longest war in American history. Jerry Brown, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2022 The idea that college campuses foster left-leaning groupthink and stifle free speech has been pushed in right-wing circles for years, including as a talking point on conservative news shows. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 The Writers Guild’s ‘Greatest Screenplays’ list shows the low standards of Hollywood’s reigning groupthink. Armond White, National Review, 15 Dec. 2021 The groupthink in these journals suppressed debate over important questions during the Covid pandemic, including the origins of the virus and the costs of lockdowns. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2021 Contrarily, not practicing solitude might sway you to become part of groupthink, which can stifle bold thinking and value conformity and harmony above critical thought. Modar Bakir, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Another possibility—initially discounted because of political partisanship and scientific groupthink—is that the pandemic began with a lab accident in Wuhan, China. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2021 To counter these shortcomings and combat groupthink, Gen. Schoomaker ordered the establishment of a new school at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Bryce Hoffman, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of groupthink

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groupthink

group entry 1 + -think (as in doublethink)

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“Groupthink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groupthink. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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