PRONUNCIATION: (OR-wuh-liz-uhm)

MEANING: noun: Something misleading, such as a word or phrase used euphemistically or ambiguously for propaganda purposes.

ETYMOLOGY: After George Orwell (1903-1950), whose novel 1984 depicted a futuristic totalitarian state employing misleading language for propaganda and control. Earliest documented use: 1970. Also see newspeak and Orwellian.

OK, WELLISM - a debating technique of deflecting and changing the subject, sometimes called "but what about?"

OR CELLISM - encouraging a plea bargain by threatening with jail time

OR WELTISM - encouraging a plea bargain by threatening a beating;
compare OR CELLISM, above