[ 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.”

Nearby words

  1. newsman,
  2. newsmonger,
  3. newspaper,
  4. newspaperman,
  5. newspaperwoman,
  6. newsperson,
  7. newsprint,
  8. newsreader,
  9. newsreel,
  10. newsroom

Origin of newspeak

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

Examples from the Web for newspeak

  • 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


/ (ˈnjuːˌspiːk) /


the language of bureaucrats and politicians, regarded as deliberately ambiguous and misleading

Word Origin for newspeak

C20: from 1984, a novel by George Orwell

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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