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[noo-speek, nyoo-] /ˈnuˌspik, ˈnyu-/
(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 of newspeak
new + speak, coined by George Orwell in his novel, 1984 (1949) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A topsy-turvy continent adrift among the gales of newspeak, under the gaze of a million grey bureaucrats passing for big brothers.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for newspeak


the language of bureaucrats and politicians, regarded as deliberately ambiguous and misleading
Word Origin
C20: from 1984, a novel by George Orwell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for newspeak



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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