unperson

See also: Unperson

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From un- +‎ person. Coined by George Orwell in 1949 as part of the Newspeak in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where it refers to a person who has been executed or fell out of favor, whose entire history has been erased.

NounEdit

unperson (plural unpersons or unpeople)

 
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  1. A human who has been stripped of rights, identity or humanity.
    With his identity stolen, he became an unperson, unable to prove his existence to the government.

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VerbEdit

unperson (third-person singular simple present unpersons, present participle unpersoning, simple past and past participle unpersoned)

  1. (transitive) To strip (a human being) of rights, identity or humanity.

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