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brainwashing

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

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
:  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

brainwashing

noun brain·wash·ing \ˈbrān-ˌwsh-iŋ, -ˌwäsh-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BRAINWASHING

:  a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas
brain·wash transitive verb
brainwash noun
brain·wash·er noun

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