American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Thought marked by the acceptance of gross contradictions and falsehoods, especially when used as a technique of self-indoctrination: "Doublethink . . . is a vast system of mental cheating” ( George Orwell).
- n. The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
- n. believing two contradictory ideas at the same time
- From English, double + think. Coined by George Orwell in Nineteen-Eighty Four. (Wiktionary)
“Expect lots more of this newspeak and doublethink from the Moulton-Kenney Ministry of Love.”
“Conservatives (read: Republicans) want to be allowed to engage in doublethink on stem cell research, like they do on the more basic tenets of “decency” and “morality.””
“Outside the Inner Party, doublethink is not even consistent.”
“Outside the Inner party doublethink is merely an extreme form of the phenomenon known to psychologists as cognitive dissonance.”
“Through exercises in doublethink and self-delusion described in detail by Revel, democracies are fatally prone to questioning their own motives and giving their opponents the benefit of the doubt.”
“But as I hope to show in my discussion of pro-choice reasoning, doublethink is not all that persuasive.”
“One essential consequence of doublethink is that the Party can rewrite history with impunity, for "The Party is never wrong.”
“Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink.”
“In practice it was not difficult for any person well grounded in doublethink (Orwell’s emphasis) to avoid doing this, but within a couple of generations even the possibility of such a lapse would have vanished’ vii”
“The modern right winger could give Comrade Molatov and Baghdad Bob lessons in doublethink.”
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