Definition of Orwellian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɔːˈweliən//
; NAmE NAmE//ɔːrˈweliən//
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used to describe a political system in which a government tries to have complete control over people’s behaviour and thoughts More Like This Expressions from literary sources Alice in Wonderland, Casanova, Cassandra, Don Juan, Dorian Gray, Falstaffian, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, Lilliputian, Lothario, Orwellian, Pandora’s box, Peter Pan, Pied Piper, Pollyanna, Rip Van Winkle, Ruritanian, Scrooge, Shangri-La, Sherlock, Stepford Wife, Svengali, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Utopia, Walter MittySee worksheet. From the name of the English writer George Orwell, whose novel Nineteen Eighty-Four describes a government that has total control over the people.
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