wrongthink

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

wrong +‎ think, probably modelled on earlier crimethink from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Noun[edit]

wrongthink (uncountable)

  1. Beliefs or opinions that run contrary to the prevailing orthodoxy.
    Synonym: badthink
    Synonym: crimethink
    • 1979, Joan Didion, The White Album:
      In other words I spent yesterday in bed with a headache not merely because of my bad attitudes, unpleasant tempers and wrongthink, but because both my grandmothers had migraine, my father has migraine and my mother has migraine.
    • 2020 June 11, David Bernstein, “The Revolution is Eating its Own”, in The Volokh Conspiracy[1]:
      Fang, fearing for his job, had to issue a Maoist-style apology for reporting wrongthink.

Usage notes[edit]

  • With its Orwellian roots, use of the word implies that freedom of opinion is being suppressed.