Definition of newspeak in US English:



  • Ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda.

    • ‘It requires standardized procedures and coded phrases for its operation, and regards the acceptance of such procedures and newspeak as the precondition for its functioning, not the outcome of debate.’
    • ‘Sure, we need everything Brown wants, but I don't know how we can get there in a system so adept at hiding the real costs and spewing Orwellian newspeak whenever a voice of reason speaks out.’
    • ‘It's spin, it's all newspeak, it's double thinking, it's analysts talking about Telstra.’
    • ‘In the same way nobody who reads a press-release accepts the face value, so can the Chinese learn how to use newspeak to get their message across.’
    • ‘The grand media outlets are so entangled in the current newspeak that they rarely seem capable of presenting any fundamental challenge to the White House.’
    • ‘As much as newspeak was a signature of the Kremlin, it is an equally apt description of today's White House.’
    • ‘If George Orwell was writing today, he wouldn't need to invent newspeak.’
    • ‘We cannot, like 1984's famous newspeak, just blot out the ideas that we do not like.’
    • ‘At the same time, it has turned true English into newspeak.’
    • ‘We have 1984 today; even if not in the form described by Orwell; since newspeak is replaced by the patois of the gang leaders and international body smugglers.’
    • ‘So looking at the theory, the Third Way seems to be nothing more than neo-liberalism cloaked in Orwellian newspeak.’
    • ‘And some American journalists have begun to make that newspeak their own, among them CNN's senior international correspondent Robertson.’
    • ‘In other words, according to Lehman's newspeak dialectic, an honest history has to be prepared to be dishonest about what actually happened.’
    • ‘Sometimes ‘nonlinear thinking’ is just newspeak for mental incoherence.’
    • ‘It's much easier to stick with comfortable newspeak about ‘a lengthy air campaign led by B - 2 bombers armed with 2,000-pound satellite-guided bombs.’’
    • ‘With a bit of Orwellian newspeak, the scientists described the entities as ‘nuclear transfer constructs’ rather than early embryos, and avoided the language of ‘cloning’ altogether.’
    • ‘That's the kind of newspeak that presents itself as journalism while detouring around truth.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, these soundbites are often peppered with newspeak - words which are designed to lead you down a particular path with no way to voice dissent in any meaningful way.’
    • ‘When I first heard Pentagon newspeak refer to assassination as ‘decapitation,’ I naturally thought of Charles I and Louis XVI.’
    • ‘This is a fine example of Orwellian newspeak, suggesting that openness can best be achieved by secrecy and non-disclosure.’
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1949: the name of an artificial official language in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.