- of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of George Orwell or the totalitarian future described in his antiutopian novel 1984 (1949).
Origin of Orwellian
Examples from the Web for orwellian
The ghost of George Orwell may be conjured too readily and too often, these days, but this truly is Orwellian.The Kremlin’s Plan to Erase Russia’s Memory and Its Conscience
October 13, 2014
Orwellian, Malthusian, barbarous, depraved…I think you get me.Conservatives Find Typo in Obamacare, Try to Kill People With It
July 22, 2014
There has been an almost Orwellian artfulness in the way need-blind admissions policies are sold.Did Needs-Blind Admission Create the College Debt Crisis?
July 6, 2014
But while another bureaucracy may not be the answer (even the name sounds Orwellian), oversight is clearly needed.They Want to Know Everything About You
March 5, 2014
Venezuelans are accustomed to their government using Orwellian language.Is This the End of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela?
February 16, 2014
No one called them “attractions” anymore—all that old Orwellian Disneyspeak had been abolished.Makers
Word Origin and History for orwellian
1950 (first attested in Mary McCarthy), from English author George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair, 1903-1950), especially in reference to his novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Ironically, it has come to be used in reference to the totalitarian systems he satirized.
It is as if George Orwell had conceived the nightmare instead of analyzed it, helped to create it instead of helping to dispel its euphemistic thrall. [Clive James]