gaslight

noun
gas·light | \ˈgas-ˌlīt, -ˈlīt\

Definition of gaslight 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : light made by burning illuminating gas

2a : a gas flame

b : a gas lighting fixture

gaslight

verb
gas·light
gaslighted; gaslighting

Definition of gaslight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to attempt to make (someone) believe that he or she is going insane (as by subjecting that person to a series of experiences that have no rational explanation) Stacey was being gaslighted by someone leaving Jack's watch in the house, and then making it disappear, and calling her on the phone using Jack's voice.— Seli Groves

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Verb

gaslighting noun
Gaslighting is a term, often used by mental health professionals (I am not one), to describe manipulative behavior used to confuse people into thinking their reactions are so far off base that they're crazy. — Yashar Ali

Examples of gaslight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To get out of or to stop a gaslight, take one step at a time, Stern says. Sarah Digiulio /, NBC News, "What is gaslighting? And how do you know if it's happening to you?," 13 July 2018 The larger of the two is lined with ivy and gaslights, and features an outdoor fireplace with a 75-inch TV above the mantle, a heated canopy, hot tub with an awning and barbecue area. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "A SoHo Triplex on the Market for $65 Million," 14 June 2018 Its brilliant gaslights, its sociable tables, with their little games, its cheery warmth in winter, its iced beverages and cool halls in summer, all invite and welcome his entrance. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "When Idaho had mining, it also had a slew of saloons | Idaho Statesman," 6 Jan. 2018 Klepper said in a distorted voice, as the camera zoomed in on the gaslight. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jordan Klepper, Seth Meyers Take on Trump's New 'Access Hollywood' Tape Claims," 28 Nov. 2017 Illumination from two rows of gaslights is carefully calibrated and distributed. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Cirque du Seurat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art," 16 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Jokes about gaslighting worker with mental illness The investigation followed the anonymous complaint from workers sent to the governor and Department of Administration. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona Corporation Commission candidate was fired by state for harassing workers," 10 July 2018 His words and actions target, question, and attack our empathy, challenging us on our sense of community and gaslighting our sense of togetherness. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Devastating Our Mental Health With His Policies and Rhetoric," 12 June 2018 Veronique has been gaslighting Mie this whole time. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Let's Talk About The Nutty, Devastating Ending Of Netflix's Tabula Rasa," 26 Mar. 2018 It's been said before, but the Trump administration excels at gaslighting, trying to make their opponents second guess themselves by turning any accusation back at them. Luke Darby, GQ, "Kellyanne Conway Is Back on the Air and Still Doing All the Same Nonsense," 22 Apr. 2018 That includes looking for signs of abuse like gaslighting, jealousy, explosive anger, isolation, and possessiveness. Lily Herman, Teen Vogue, "Teen Dating Violence Is an Indicator of Gun Violence," 25 Mar. 2018 This confrontational circle felt more like gaslighting than therapy. Zachary Siegel, WIRED, "Addiction Rehab is Broken. Can Technology Fix It?," 1 Apr. 2018 Do not be shamed, bullied, gaslighted or intimidated into tolerating it, not even for fear of upsetting your cousin. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "How to tell niece about her husband’s inappropriate behavior," 18 Jan. 2018 Our groupchats buzzed: when there wasn’t outright silence from our administration, there was often dissuading and gaslighting. Em Odesser, Teen Vogue, "Why Our School Walkout Took a Different Path," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gaslight

Noun

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaslight

Verb

after Gas Light, a play (1938) by British writer Patrick Hamilton, subsequently made into British and American films entitled Gaslight (1940 and 1944), in which a man attempts to trick his wife into believing that she is going insane

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