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1Characteristic or reminiscent of an elder brother.
2Frequently with capital initials. Of or relating to the monitoring of or control over peoples' lives by political and administrative authorities, especially the State.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Wright. From big brother + -ly, after brotherly.
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