One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Something characteristic or reminiscent of the totalitarian social and political organization portrayed in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four (1949); specifically an ambiguous, euphemistic, or misleadingly used word or phrase used in official pronouncements, political propaganda, etc.
1970s; earliest use found in The Guardian. From the name of George Orwell + -ism.
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