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brainwashing

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noun brain·wash·ing \ˈbrān-ˌwȯ-shiŋ, -ˌwä-\

Definition of brainwashing

  1. 1 :  a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas

  2. 2 :  persuasion by propaganda or salesmanship

brain·wash transitive verb
brainwash noun
brain·wash·er noun


Origin of brainwashing

translation of Chinese (Beijing) xǐnǎo


First Known Use: 1950


Medical Dictionary

brainwashing

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noun brain·wash·ing \ˈbrān-ˌwȯsh-iŋ, -ˌwäsh-\

Medical Definition of brainwashing

  1. :  a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas

  2. brain·wash transitive verb
    brainwash noun
    brain·wash·er noun





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