[duhb-uh l-thingk]


the acceptance of two contradictory ideas or beliefs at the same time.

Origin of doublethink

double + think1; coined by George Orwell in his novel 1984 (1949) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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deliberate, perverse, or unconscious acceptance or promulgation of conflicting facts, principles, etc
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Word Origin and History for doublethink

1948, coined by Orwell in "Nineteen Eighty-Four," from double (adj.) + think.

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