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Big Brother
used in 1984 by Orwell

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Definition
a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.
    p. 2.0
Big Brother = an organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so

(editor's note:  That is the common meaning of the expression today. The expression was popularized by this novel where it references the government in the story.)
  • BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said, while the dark eyes looked deep into Winston's own.
    p. 2.7
  • Big Brother = an organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • He was abusing Big Brother, he was denouncing the dictatorship of the Party, he was demanding the immediate conclusion of peace with Eurasia, he was advocating freedom of speech, freedom of the Press, freedom of assembly, freedom of thought, he was crying hysterically that the revolution had been betrayed — and all this in rapid polysyllabic speech which was a sort of parody of the habitual style of the orators of the Party, and even contained Newspeak words: more Newspeak words,...
    p. 12.8
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Thus, at one moment Winston's hatred was not turned against Goldstein at all, but, on the contrary, against Big Brother, the Party, and the Thought Police; and at such moments his heart went out to the lonely, derided heretic on the screen, sole guardian of truth and sanity in a world of lies.
    p. 14.9
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • At those moments his secret loathing of Big Brother changed into adoration,
    p. 15.1
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • ...Big Brother seemed to tower up, an invincible, fearless protector, standing like a rock against the hordes of Asia, and Goldstein, in spite of his isolation, his helplessness, and the doubt that hung about his very existence, seemed like some sinister enchanter, capable by the mere power of his voice of wrecking the structure of civilization.
    p. 15.1
  • Big Brother = (of an) organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Partly it was a sort of hymn to the wisdom and majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise.
    p. 16.9
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • His pen had slid voluptuously over the smooth paper, printing in large neat capitals DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER...
    p. 18.7
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
    p. 18.7
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
    p. 18.8
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER
    p. 18.8
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • ...DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER over and over again, filling half a page.
    p. 18.8
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference.
    p. 19.1
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • He began writing in a hurried untidy scrawl: theyll shoot me i don't care theyll shoot me in the back of the neck i dont care down with big brother they always shoot you in the back of the neck i dont care down with...
    p. 19.8
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • ... down with big brother. He sat back in his chair, slightly ashamed of himself, and laid down the pen.
    p. 19.8
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER was written all over it, in letters almost big enough to be legible across the room.
    p. 20.2
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • The songs, the processions, the banners, the hiking, the drilling with dummy rifles, the yelling of slogans, the worship of Big Brother — it was all a sort of glorious game to them.
    p. 24.8
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • He went back to the table, dipped his pen, and wrote: To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free, when men are different from one another and do not live alone — to a time when truth exists and what is done cannot be undone: From the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of Big Brother, from the age of doublethink — greetings!
    p. 28.2
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • With its grace and carelessness it seemed to annihilate a whole culture, a whole system of thought, as though Big Brother and the Party and the Thought Police could all be swept into nothingness by a single splendid movement of the arm.
    p. 31.3
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • He tried to remember in what year he had first heard mention of Big Brother.
    p. 35.9
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • If you're happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother and the Three-Year Plans and the Two Minutes Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot?'
    p. 133.3
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • To the death of Big Brother?
    p. 176.9
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Big Brother is infallible and all-powerful.
    p. 208.2
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Big Brother is the guise in which the Party chooses to exhibit itself to the world.
    p. 208.4
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Oceanic society rests ultimately on the belief that Big Brother is omnipotent and that the Party is infallible.
    p. 212.4
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • But since in reality Big Brother is not omnipotent and the party is not infallible, there is need for an unwearying, moment-to-moment flexibility in the treatment of facts.
    p. 212.5
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Down with Big Brother!
    p. 233.6
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • There was nothing left in them except sorrow for what they had done, and love of Big Brother.
    p. 255.9
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Big Brother is the embodiment of the Party.
    p. 259.6
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • In that sense, does Big Brother exist?
    p. 260.0
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Will Big Brother ever die?
    p. 260.1
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother.
    p. 267.6
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • He thought of Big Brother.
    p. 281.9
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • What were his true feelings towards Big Brother?
    p. 281.9
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • Tell me, Winston — and remember, no lies: you know that I am always able to detect a lie — tell me, what are your true feelings towards Big Brother?
    p. 282.5
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • You must love Big Brother.
    p. 282.6
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption said.
    p. 287.5
  • Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
  • He loved Big Brother.
    p. 298.9
Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
There are no more uses of "Big Brother" in 1984 by Orwell.

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