The acceptance of contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.
- 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.
1949: coined by George Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: double|think
Definition of doublethink in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.