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Godwin's law Syllabification: God·win's law

Definition of Godwin's law in English:


The theory that as an online discussion progresses, it becomes inevitable that someone or something will eventually be compared to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis, regardless of the original topic: correcting others' errors, especially online, can quickly lead to invocations of Godwin’s law
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  • On second thoughts, stuff Godwin's Law: I will mention the war because it is thunderously relevant.
  • You know it's quite difficult to contain the impulse to break Godwin's Law when I read things like this.
  • It used to be that any hope for a reasonable debate was ended the second anyone called someone else a "Nazi" (see Godwin's Law).


1990s: named after Mike Godwin (1956–), the US lawyer and author who originated the theory.

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