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  • n. Plural form of thoughtcrime.

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Examples

  • It resulted in justice being meted out to thousands for what Orwell called "thoughtcrimes" or for their freely expressed opinions and actions judged hostile to the state under a system of near-vigilante justice by the Paris Revolutionary (kangaroo) Tribunal with no right of appeal.

    A Look Back and Ahead In An Age of Neocon Rule

  • For me the story is noteworthy for a lot of reasons: Silverberg's society seems more interested in convicting thoughtcrimes than violence or theft (our protagonist is punished for the crime of emotional coldness).

    MIND MELD: Memorable Short Stories to Add to Your Reading List (Part 2 of 2)

  • I thought at once of 'Newspeak', the language of George Orwell's novel 1984, where words are repurposed so that citizens cannot commit thoughtcrimes.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Are they, to use yet another apt Orwellian phrase, to be judged to be guilty of similar “thoughtcrimes”?

    James Pinkerton: Newsweek's Newspeak

  • File under: Hypocrisy « thoughtcrimes and misdemeanors says:

    Think Progress » Science Teachers’ Organization Refuses To Accept Copies of Inconvenient Truth

  • So keep up the attacks on KOS, and someday, we'll have the America we desire--a place where thoughtcrimes are policed by the people.

    Archive 2004-03-28

  • College Republicans in Colorado didn't sit around and whine when a professor repeatedly committed thoughtcrimes in the classroom.

    Archive 2004-04-04

  • Of course, 1984 is very outdated — Orwell could not have imagined that North America would eventually find the right word for all these thoughtcrimes, “terrorism”, and use it as an umbrella to stop any opposition to the Party whatsoever.

    1984 | Letter Never Sent

  • The basic idea behind Newspeak was to remove all shades of meaning from language, leaving simple dichotomies (pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, good thoughts and thoughtcrimes) which reinforce the total dominance of the State.

    Newspeak and George Orwell's 1984

  • In George Orwell's 1984, the government concerned itself with detecting and punishing thoughtcrimes.

    Steve Janke: Angry in the Great White North

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