Definition of Godwin's law in English:

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Godwin's law


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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  • At the risk of being accused under Godwin's Law, I agree.
  • We're about a heart-beat from Godwin's Law, here.
  • Sadly, he breaks Godwin's Law near the end.


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

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Syllabification: God·win's law

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