from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the public.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mode of talk by politicians and officials using ambiguous words to deceive the listener.

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  • n. deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language use to mislead and manipulate the public


From Newspeak, a language invented by George Orwell in the novel 1984.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Newspeak (Wiktionary)



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  • Sometimes I actually wonder.

    January 25, 2008

  • Too true. Humans would be a lot better off without human nature, wouldn't they?

    January 25, 2008

  • I'm going to guess that it's because those who read and appreciate the message aren't necessarily those who are causing the Orwellian messes--or because those who are causing the Orwellian messes don't think it's them. Ah, human nature. *said sarcastically*

    January 25, 2008

  • That, my dear uselessness, is the question of the hour.

    January 25, 2008

  • George Orwell is a hero of mine. I'm always baffled by how everyone seems to know his work, and agree that it's a valuable warning for the future, and yet we continue to spiral into even greater Orwellian messes. How does that happen?

    January 25, 2008

  • Newspeak was a brilliant concept. So much of what Orwell predicted seems familiar to me living in a 21st century so-called democracy.

    January 25, 2008

  • Term coined by George Orwell in his dystopian novel 1984

    January 25, 2008