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gaslight

play
noun gas·light \ ˈgas-ˌlīt , -ˈlīt \

Definition of gaslight

1 :light made by burning illuminating gas
2 a :a gas flame
b :a gas lighting fixture

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First Known Use of gaslight

1808


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gaslight

verb gas·light

Definition of gaslight

gaslighted; gaslighting
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

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

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Origin and Etymology of gaslight

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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