newspeak

[ noo-speek, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnuˌspik, ˈnyu- /

noun

(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.”

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Origin of newspeak

new + speak, coined by George Orwell in his novel, 1984 (1949)
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Example sentences 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

newspeak
/ (ˈnjuːˌspiːk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for newspeak

C20: from 1984, a novel by George Orwell
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