Definition of doublethink in English:

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doublethink

Pronunciation: /ˈdʌb(ə)lθɪŋk/

noun

[mass noun]
The acceptance of contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.
Example sentences
  • The latest amazing example of Left-leaning doublethink by a political psychologist is here.
  • This political doublethink seems to have struck down all sorts of people in high places.
  • The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated.

Origin

1949: coined by George Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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