Definition of thoughtcrime in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθɔːtkrʌɪm/


An instance of unorthodox or controversial thinking, considered as a criminal offence or as socially unacceptable: thoughtcrimes are notoriously difficult to prosecute
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  • In this state Christian clergymen are threatened with jail for thoughtcrimes while vicious child molesters are released from prison to take up residence near schools and playgrounds.
  • But his pleas were ignored, and two months later he was brought before Lysenko and an unnamed ally to answer for his thoughtcrime.
  • I'm perturbed at the subtextual agenda in this piece, which seeks to define thoughtcrime and convict the ex-leader of it, because after you remove the man the definition stands, and fits people like us quite neatly.


1949: from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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