newspeak

newspeak

[noo-speek, nyoo-]
noun
(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)
 
n
the language of bureaucrats and politicians, regarded as deliberately ambiguous and misleading
 
[C20: from 1984, a novel by George Orwell]

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Newspeak
"artificial language of official communication in George Orwell's novel 'Nineteen Eighty-Four,' " 1949, from new + speak. Frequently applied to propagandistic warped English.
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Newspeak definition


A language inspired by Scratchpad.
[J.K. Foderaro. "The Design of a Language for Algebraic Computation", Ph.D. Thesis, UC Berkeley, 1983].

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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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