Use the adjective Orwellian to describe something that is similar to the writing style of novelist George Orwell, or that reminds you of his books' subjects — especially anything "Big Brotherish" like surveillance.

George Orwell is best known for his 1949 dystopian novel "1984," with its themes of social injustice and a controlling, authoritarian government. The word Orwellian is most often used to talk about real-life situations that are reminiscent of this kind of state control and surveillance, called "Big Brother" in the book. Any hint that our government is watching or listening to us as we make phone calls or do Internet searches feels at least a little bit Orwellian.

Definitions of Orwellian
  1. adjective
    of or relating to the works of George Orwell (especially his picture of a future totalitarian state)
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