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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • All ambiguities and shades of meaning had been purged out of them.
  • The old, discredited leaders of the Party had been used to gather there before they were finally purged.
  • The two of them must evidently have been swallowed up in one of the first great purges of the fifties.
  • Or perhaps — what was likeliest of all — the thing had simply happened because purges and vaporizations were a necessary part of the mechanics of government.
  • Even at that time Winston had not imagined that the people who were wiped out in the purges had actually committed the crimes that they were accused of.
  • But — though this was one of the crimes that the accused in the great purges invariably confessed to — it was difficult to imagine any such thing actually happening.
  • The story really began in the middle sixties, the period of the great purges in which the original leaders of the Revolution were wiped out once and for all.
  • The older generation had mostly been wiped out in the great purges of the fifties and sixties, and the few who survived had long ago been terrified into complete intellectual surrender.
  • The great purges involving thousands of people, with public trials of traitors and thought-criminals who made abject confession of their crimes and were afterwards executed, were special show-pieces not occurring oftener than once in a couple of years.
  • The concept of political equality no longer existed, and this secondary meaning had accordingly been purged out of the word equal.
  • Even the victim of the Russian purges could carry rebellion locked up in his skull as he walked down the passage waiting for the bullet.
  • As we have already seen in the case of the word free, words which had once borne a heretical meaning were sometimes retained for the sake of convenience, but only with the undesirable meanings purged out of them.
  • Thoughts and actions which, when detected, mean certain death are not formally forbidden, and the endless purges, arrests, tortures, imprisonments, and vaporizations are not inflicted as punishment for crimes which have actually been committed, but are merely the wiping-out of persons who might perhaps commit a crime at some time in the future.

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  • The extremists in the party want to purge the leadership of moderates.
  • Unlike most of his colleagues, he survived the purge of intellectuals during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

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