thought police

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Originally used in the first half of the twentieth century as an epithet for the Tokkō, although it is arguable that its popularity in modern usage stems primarily from George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four. An organization responsible for monitoring all citizens and making sure they are not guilty of political dissent, or thoughtcrime.


thought police (plural thought police)

  1. A group that aims to control what other people think.
    These journalists are on their way to becoming thought police.
    My mother would make a good thought police. (singular usage)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Formerly a singular noun phrase, Thought Police is now almost always used as a collective noun phrase with a plural verb, as in "Run, the Thought Police are coming!"