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Or·well·i·an

 (ôr-wĕl′ē-ən)
adj.
Of, relating to, or evocative of the works of George Orwell, especially the satirical novel 1984, which depicts a futuristic totalitarian state.

Or•well•i•an

(ɔrˈwɛl i ən)
adj.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the literary work of George Orwell or the totalitarian future described in his antiutopian novel 1984 (1949).
[1945–50]
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Adj.1.Orwellian - of or relating to the works of George Orwell (especially his picture of a future totalitarian state)
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