Newspeak Dictionary


Airstrip One - Formally called England.
artsem - Artificial Insemination - The government is pushing this method of childbirth as the ONLY method, to aid in the destruction of the family unit.

Atomic Wars - The Atomic Wars took place during the 1950's.

Big Brother - There are many similarities between BB and the real-life Joseph Stalin. Big Brother is also refered to as simply "B.B." BB is similar to
America's "Uncle Sam", except this individual is the actual leader of the Oceania.

bellyfeel - Full emotional understanding. Blind, enthusiastic acceptance of a concept.
blackwhite- The ability to accept whatever "truth" the party puts out, no matter how absurd it may be.

The Brotherhood - see the resistance

crimestop - Orwell's definition: "The faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc, and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. In short....protective stupidity."
chocorat - Chocolate ration.

crimethink - Doubting any of the principles of Ingsoc.

crimethinker - One who engages in crimethink.

dayorder - Order of the day.
Disputed Territories - These are areas of the world NOT permanently included in any of the Superstates : The quadrilateral between Tangier,
Brazzaville, Darwin, and Hong Kong; Equatorial Africa; Middle East; Southern India; and the Indonesian Archipelago. These area are always occupied by one of the three superstates, but are constantly changing hands.
doubleplus- - A Prefix used to create the superlative form of an adjective or adverb. (i.e. - pluscold and doublepluscold meant, respectively, 'very cold' and 'superlatively cold'.
doublethink - Reality Control. The power to hold two completely contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and blindly accept both of them.
duckspeak - (To quack like a duck). To speak without thinking.

Equal - In some cases, a word with possible political connotations was retained, but the political usage was expunged.

facecrime - Orwell's definition : "It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself -- anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called."
FFCC - Organization which supplied cigarettes and other comforts to sailors on the "Floating Fortresses."
FicDep - Fiction Department of the Ministry of Truth
Floating Fortress - Huge sea bases.
Gigantic battleships.
free - Only exists in the sense of "The dog is free of lice." Political freedom has been replaced by the word crimethink.
fullwise - (adverb) Fully. One of the rules of newspeak is that any word can be turned into an adverb by adding the suffix "-wise". This allowed the removal of repetitive words such as completely and totally from the language.

The Golden Country- A beautiful landscape that Winston sees in his dreams. It is a symbol of purity.
Goldstein, Emmanuel - The supreme enemy of the state. He was once a high-ranking member of the party, until he supposedly betrayed the party and begin engaging in revolutionary activities. He is the supposed head of the "resistance". Goldstein is to Ingsoc what Satan is to Christianity... The embodiment of pure evil.
goodsex - Sex for the purpose of producing children for the party.
goodthinker - One who strongly adheres to all of the principles of Newspeak.
Hate week - Week in which Oceanian citizens all attend rallies and parades to inflame hatred of Party enemies and heighten their efforts on behalf of Oceania.

Ingsoc - English Socialism.
Inner Party. Official Party members. Upper class.

joycamp - Forced-labor camp.
Junior Anti-sex league - Organization promoting celibacy, and the eradication of the orgasm, because these things cause feelings of ownlife.

Malabar Front
- The front-lines in the war with Eastasia, located in present day
malreported - When the Times reports a fact which the government later deemed untrue.
malquoted - see malreported
memory hole - A system of pipes, similar to pneumatic tubes, which were used to destroy documents. A document stuffed in the memory hole would be conveniently whisked away to the furnaces below - quickly & easily wiped from history.
Miniluv - Ministry of Love (law and order).
Minipax - Ministry of Peace (war)
Miniplenty - Ministry of Plenty (rationing). The Ministry of Plenty controlled the entire economy.
Minitrue - Ministry of Truth (propaganda)
misprints - see malreported

- The official language of
Oceania. Newspeak is "politically correct" speech taken to its maximum extent. Newspeak is based on standard English, but all words describing "unorthodox" political ideas have been removed.

Oceania 'Tis for Thee - National Anthem of Oceania.
Oldspeak - Standard English
oldthink - Holding on to old ideas and patterns of thought not consistent with current government policy (Ingsoc).
oldthinkers - Those who engage in oldthink Those who have not fully accepted the new Ingsoc way of thinking.
Outer Party - Middle class. Bureaucrats, and other government employees.

ownlife - Individualism and eccentricity. A desire to do something for your own benefit. (i.e. hobbies, ownership of property, love, or any other Thoughtcrime)

Physical Jerks - Morning Exercises.
Participation was mandatory for all outer party members. These exercises took place every day 3 minutes after the morning wake-up call, which for office workers was at 7:15 am.
Pornosec - Department of Minitrue. Produces the "lowest-kind" of pornography for the proles. It is described as a "sub-section of the Fiction Department which turned out cheap pornography for distribution among the proles. It was nicknamed Muck House by the people who worked in it." They "produced booklets in sealed packets with titles like Spanking Stories or One Night in a Girls' School, to be bought furtively by proletarian youths who were under the impression that they were buying something illegal.
prole - Proletarians. Approximately 85% of
Oceania's population are in this class. Members of the party viewed them as animals. They are not as rigidly observed as members of the party, and very few (if any) have telescreens in their home. They are permitted to indulge in pornography, prostitution, and other acts considered thoughtcrime, simply because it would be impossible to observe all of them as rigidly as the party observes its own members. Plus, allowing them to indulge in these "little joys" helps to keep the masses content.
prolefeed - Rubishy "Entertainment" and spurious news which the Party handed out to the masses. This includes written literature, movies, porn, music, and other various propaganda created for the proles.

- Records Department - Department of the Ministry of Truth in which Winston Smith worked. Department responsible for correcting "mistakes" in past newspaper articles.
Reclamation Centre - Colony for children made homeless during the Atomic Wars.
ref - Reference.
resistance - The resistance was the revolutionary group which was supposedly led by the arch-traitor, Emmanuel Goldstein. There is some question as to whether or not this group actually existed. The novel seems to imply that the resistance was simply fabricated by the government, or at the very least, that the police had agents posing as real resistance members in order to catch possible recruits.
Room 101 - The final punishment for thoughtcriminals in the Ministry of Love.


Steamer - Prole word for Rocket Bomb
sexcrime - Having sex for enjoyment. Also, even having sex in the hope to create a family of your own. The only time that sex is considered goodsex is when it is performed in producing offspring for the party.
speakwrite - Voice recognition machines.
speedwise - (adverb) quickly. One of the rules of newspeak is that any word can be turned into an adverb by adding the suffix "-wise". This allowed the removal of repetitive words such as quickly and promptly from the language.

Teledep - The Teleprograms Department of the  Ministry of Truth.
Telescreen - Two way television. All party members has one in every room of their apartment. Because of this, the party member is never out of earshot of the latest party propaganda, and not one second goes by that they are not under the surveillance of the party. There was no way to change the channel, and the telescreen could not be turned off except by members of the Inner Party.
Thoughtcrime - see crimethink
Thinkpol - ThoughtPolice. Police force in charge of eliminating crimethink. The thought police monitor the public by way of spies (narcs), helicopters, and telescreens.
two minute hate - Daily telescreen specials in which various elements of crimethink were packaged into a parade of horrible images and sounds, at which, the viewers were expected to boo, hiss, curse, and release any negative emotions upon.

unperson - Person that has been erased from existence by the government for breaking the law in some way. A unperson is completely erased from history. All records of their existence is removed from record, and all party members are expected to removed them from memory. To mention their name is considered thoughtcrime. This eliminates any possibility of martyrdom.
ungood - Bad. One of the rules of newspeak is that any word can be turned into its antonym by adding the prefix "un-". This allowed the removal of repetitive words such as horrible, terrible, great, fantastic, and fabulous from the language.
upsub - Get authorization from superiors (Submit to "Higher-ups" for approval)

vaporized - The act of being executed by the state, and having all records of your existence erased. Becoming an unperson.
versificator - A writing machine. A mechanical device that produced "literature" and "music" for the masses. This was necessary so that a party member would not be forced to cloud their mind with such frivolous concepts. It produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and even sentimental songs.

Youth League - Mandatory children's group under control of the Thought Police. Similar to the "Hitler Youth". Their member's primary task is to monitor the activities of their parents.

x yp n quarter - Method or writing a date. x= Year of the plan, n= quarter of year.  (i.e. 3 yp 4th quarter)

The Three Superstates

Eastasia - Smallest of the 3 Superstates.(Political System: Death Worship/Obliteration of Self) Comprised of China and the countries to the south of it, Japan, and a large (but fluctuating) portion of Manchuria, Mongolia, and Tibet. Eastasia was Oceania's ally at the start of the book, and by the end Eastasia had always been Oceania's enemy.

Eurasia - One of the 3 Superstates. (Political System: Neo-Bolshevism) Comprised of the whole northern part of the European and Asiatic land-mass, from Portugal to the Bering Strait. Eurasia was Oceania's enemy at the start of the book, and by the end Eurasia had always been Oceania's ally.


Oceania - One of the 3 Superstates. (Political System: Ingsoc) Winston Smith's home. Comprised of North and South America, Britain, Australia, and southern portions of Africa. Newspeak is the official language of Oceania, but standard English is still spoken by many.