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- adjective Of, relating to, or evocative of the works of George Orwell, especially the satirical novel 1984, which depicts a futuristic totalitarian state.
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- adjective Resembling the totalitarian political methods decried in the works of
British democratic socialistand writerGeorge Orwell, particularly in the dystopiannovel Nineteen Eighty-Four; characterized by use of misleading terminology, propaganda, censorship, totalitarianism, surveillanceand repression.
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- adjective of or relating to the works of George Orwell (especially his picture of a future totalitarian state)
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Orwellian is a word too easily, and usually wrongly, tossed about, but, really, here we are entering the Land of War-Is-Peace.
My answer to them is "have you ever used the term Orwellian to describe what's happening in America today?"
Another minor point here is the lazy use of the term Orwellian in Anthony's piece, to describe the revolutionary fraternity associated with the term 'Brother.'
One might reach for the term Orwellian to describe such events, perhaps because there is no fitting way to convey the "up is down, black is white" sense of what has happened in Iraq and what is happening there now.
Althouse criticizes what she calls the Orwellian use of “conversation” in current national debates:
The word Orwellian is still used to describe the language and actions of politicians who say one thing but carry out other, usually contradictory deeds.
To call this Labour government "Orwellian" is an understatement.
The word "Orwellian" is a daunting example of the fate that a distinguished writer can suffer at the hands of journalists.
But you can't call it "Orwellian," because that means Big Brother, Newspeak, the Gestapo, the K.G.B., the Stasi, and any other totalitarian obscenity that has ever reared its head or ever will.
The adjective "Orwellian" is often used to describe any real world scenario reminiscent of the novel.