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From un- + good, from Middle English ungod, from Old English ungōd. Popularised by its appearance in Newspeak, a fictional language coined in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), a dystopian novel by George Orwell.
- not good; bad
1660, George Swinnock, “The Beauty of Magistracy: An Exposition of Psalm LXXXII.”, in Works, volume IV, published 1868, The Beauty of Magistracy, page 236:
- An unjust judge, as one well observes, is a cold fire, a dark sun, a dry sea, a mare mortuum, an ungood god, contradictio in adjecto, monsters, not men, much less gods.
1947 1947 March 8, “Dirty Work at the X-Roads?”, Billboard, volume 59 No. 11, number March 15, 1947, Nielsen Business Media, Inc., ISSN 0006-2510, page 50:
- Now to make a short story shorter, we all know this is very ungood for a new motor and I do not want to thank the person or persons who unwittingly left their fingerprints, of which I have photostatic copies, so that might detect the presence of graphite before staring the motor.
- double-plus-ungood (Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four)
- Although the intensified word used in Orwell's Newspeak is "plus-ungood", this is not used in English. The base term (positive) is significantly rarer than the most intensified term double-plus-ungood.
- The prescribed comparative and superlative forms in Newspeak are ungooder and ungoodest (George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, "Appendix: The Principles of Newspeak").