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Orwellian

"Orwellian" is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free and open society. It denotes an attitude and a brutal policy of draconian control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth (doublethink), and manipulation of the past, including the "unperson"--a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practised by modern repressive governments. Often, this includes the circumstances depicted in his novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four[2] but political doublespeak is criticized throughout his work, such as in Politics and the English Language.[3]

The New York Times said the term was "the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a modern writer".[4][5]

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References

  1. ^ "What "Orwellian" really means - Noah Tavlin". TED Ed. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ Drabble, Margaret (2000). The Oxford Companion to English Literature (Sixth ed.). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 726. ISBN 0-19-861453-5. 
  3. ^ Traub, James (January 5, 2016). "The Empty Threat of 'Boots on the Ground'". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Nunberg, Geoffrey (2003-06-22). "Simpler Terms; If It's 'Orwellian,' It's Probably Not". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Jordison, Sam (2014-11-11). "Do you really know what 'Orwellian' means?". the Guardian. Retrieved . 

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