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Thought marked by the acceptance of gross contradictions and falsehoods, especially when used as a technique of self-indoctrination: "Doublethink ... is a vast system of mental cheating" (George Orwell).


deliberate, perverse, or unconscious acceptance or promulgation of conflicting facts, principles, etc


(ˈdʌb əlˌθɪŋk)
the acceptance of two contradictory ideas at the same time.
[coined by German. Orwell in his novel 1984 (1949)]
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Noun1.doublethink - believing two contradictory ideas at the same time
believing - the cognitive process that leads to convictions; "seeing is believing"


[ˈdʌblθɪŋk] Nrazonamiento m contradictorio
a piece of doublethinkuna contradicción en sí misma
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