1984 Glossary

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  • Big Brother
    Big Brother is a character and symbol from George Orwell’s '1984.' He is the leader of Oceania. 
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  • Doublethink
    The term “doublethink,” as first seen in George Orwell’s '1984,' is used to describe one’s capacity to hold two contradictory beliefs at one time.
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  • INGSOC
    INGSOC, or English Socialism, is the totalitarian political party of Oceania, in George Orwell’s '1984.'  
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  • Memory Hole
    The memory hole is a term that comes from George Orwell’s 1984. It refers to a hole in the wall into which paper and photographs are destroyed.
  • Ministry of Truth
    The Ministry of Truth is one of four ministries in Oceania in George Orwell’s novel '1984.'
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  • Newspeak
    Newspeak is the fictional language Orwell invented for his novel 1984. It is used to control what people are capable of thinking.
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  • Room 101
    Room 101 is the designation of a particularly awful torture chamber within the Ministry of Love in '1984.'
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  • Thought Police
    The Thought Police, or Thinkpol, are the group responsible for the detection of thoughtcrime within Oceania in George Orwell’s '1984. '
  • Thoughtcrime
    Throughtcrime a term used throughout Orwell’s 1984. It is defined as thoughts that go against the political ideology of the Party. 
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  • Unperson 
    The term “unperson” first appeared in George Orwell’s '1984.' It refers to someone whose existence is denied due to a political or ideological crime.
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