Godwin's law

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See also: Godwin's Law


Alternative forms[edit]


After Michael Wayne Godwin (born 1956), American attorney and author.

Proper noun[edit]

Godwin's law

  1. (Internet, usually humorous) The adage that any Usenet discussion will eventually mention the Nazis or Adolf Hitler.
  2. (usually humorous) An adage that states that the first person in an argument (usually in an online comment thread or forum) to mention the Nazis or Adolf Hitler has lost.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Mentioning Godwin's law as having been fulfilled in a particular discussion is often deemed sufficient grounds for ending that discussion.