Orwellian

Orwellian

[awr-wel-ee-uhn]
adjective
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of George Orwell or the totalitarian future described in his antiutopian novel 1984 (1949).

Origin:
1945–50; G. Orwell + -ian

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Orwell (ˈɔːwəl, -wɛl)
 
n
George, real name Eric Arthur Blair. 1903--50, English novelist and essayist, born in India. He is notable for his social criticism, as in The Road to Wigan Pier (1932); his account of his experiences of the Spanish Civil War Homage to Catalonia (1938); and his satirical novels Animal Farm (1945), an allegory on the Russian Revolution, and 1984 (1949), in which he depicts an authoritarian state of the future
 
Orwellian
 
adj

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Orwellian
1950 (first attested in Mary McCarthy), from Eng. author George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair, 1903-1950), esp. in ref. to his novel "1984." Ironically, it has come to be used in ref. to the totalitarian systems he satirized.
"It is as if George Orwell had conceived the nightmare instead of analyzed it, helped to create it instead of helping to dispel its euphemistic thrall." [Clive James]
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