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newspeak

[noo-speek, nyoo-] /ˈnuˌspik, ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an official or semiofficial style of writing or saying one thing in the guise of its opposite, especially in order to serve a political or ideological cause while pretending to be objective, as in referring to “increased taxation” as “revenue enhancement.”.
Origin
new + speak, coined by George Orwell in his novel, 1984 (1949)
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newspeak

/ˈnjuːˌspiːk/
noun
1.
the language of bureaucrats and politicians, regarded as deliberately ambiguous and misleading
Word Origin
C20: from 1984, a novel by George Orwell
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Newspeak

n.

name of the artificial language of official communication in George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four," 1949, from new + speak. Frequently applied to what is perceived as propagandistic warped English.

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Encyclopedia Article for new-speak

newspeak

propagandistic language that is characterized by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings. The term was coined by George Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty-four (1949). Newspeak, "designed to diminish the range of thought," was the language preferred by Big Brother's pervasive enforcers.

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