newspeak newspeak  /ˈnu ˌspik/


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


  1. While Havel fiddles with the aparatchik newspeak in his absurdist dramas, Ivanek works in expletives and boorish cant.
  2. The first is that of the Orwellian mouthpiece the unquestioning apparatchik feeding the cowed masses their daily dose of newspeak.
  3. The dissenters complained that the majority reasoning smacked of newspeak.


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  1. "The purpose of Newspeak," wrote Orwell, "was to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all, and Oldspeak [standard English] forgotten, a heretical thought: would be...
    on Sep 28, 2007 By: George Orwell Source: Media Monitors Network

  2. ...held up the transfer tube euphemism as emblematic of the official secrecy surrounding the war: A contributor to Daily Kos called the term "grotesquely euphemizing," while Atrios called it a "bit of newspeak."
    on Apr 4, 2006 By: Atrios Source: Slate

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