telescreen

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tele- +‎ screen, from television; popularized by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), in which they are used for government surveillance of citizens.

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telescreen (plural telescreens)

  1. (science fiction) A screen for broadcasting television or similar media.
    • 1973, Robert Theobald, Stephanie Mills, The failure of success: ecological values vs. economic myths
      Too many millions of people, watching their telescreens, had seen his unpardonable arrogance.
    • 2002, Teresa Plowright, Dreams of an Unseen Planet
      She pushed buttons at a new, small oval kind of telescreen, quickly gathering together the high-level authorizations it had taken hours of preparation to collect.

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