thought policethought police
- a group empowered to regulate the expressed opinions of individuals living in a totalitarian state
- any person or group regarded as having a role similar to this
Origin of thought policepopularized by George Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty-four (published 1949)
(uncountable) collective noun phrase
- A group that aims to control what other people think.
- These journalists are on their way to becoming thought police.
- My mother would make a good thought police. (singular usage)
- Formerly a singular noun phrase, Thought Police is now almost always used as a collective noun phrase with a plural verb, as in "Run, the Thought Police are coming!"
Originally used in the first half of the twentieth century as an epithet for the Tokkō, although it is arguable that its popularity in modern usage stems primarily from George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty-Four. An organization responsible for monitoring all citizens and making sure they are not guilty of political dissent, or thoughtcrime.