gaslight

noun
gas·​light | \ ˈgas-ˌlīt How to pronounce gaslight (audio) , -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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Other Words from gaslight

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

Josephine's memories included homework done by kerosene gaslight during her school years. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 8/13," 13 Aug. 2019 That is east of the Industrial Canal and across the Danziger Bridge from the glamorous notion of New Orleans — of French Quarter gaslights, street musicians and laissez les bon temps rouler seduction — that feeds the world’s imagination. Lynell George, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah M. Broom shows her New Orleans in ‘The Yellow House’," 9 Aug. 2019 There is no photograph of the hallway, barely illuminated by a flickering gaslight that hides everything that is unlovely. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 By the time Brassaï began photographing, gaslights had mostly been replaced by electricity, but Brassaï made very sophisticated use of the new electric streetlamps to give his pictures atmosphere. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Brassaï’ Review: We See Paris Through His Lens," 8 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of gaslighting us, that would have gone a lot further than any conviction to healing in this country. August Brown, chicagotribune.com, "‘Surviving R. Kelly’ executive producer dream hampton on the Emmy nod and justice," 18 July 2019 That Pelosi refuses to acknowledge this almost feels like gaslighting. Elizabeth Spiers, The New Republic, "Beyond Pelosi," 24 July 2019 Instead of gaslighting us, that would have gone a lot further than any conviction to healing in this country. August Brown, chicagotribune.com, "‘Surviving R. Kelly’ executive producer dream hampton on the Emmy nod and justice," 18 July 2019 Instead of gaslighting us, that would have gone a lot further than any conviction to healing in this country. Los Angeles Times, "‘Surviving R. Kelly’ executive producer dream hampton on the Emmy nod and justice," 17 July 2019 What is gaslighting—and how was Luke P. allegedly manipulating Hannah? Karen Pallarito, Health.com, "Luke P. Sex-Shaming 'Bachelorette' Hannah B. Isn't Just Wrong, It's The Perfect Example Of Gaslighting," 16 July 2019 But Hannah, who hails from Alabama, didn’t see what Bachelor Nation fans had been seeing all along: that Luke had essentially been gaslighting her—at least according to Reddit users. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, "Luke P. Sex-Shaming 'Bachelorette' Hannah B. Isn't Just Wrong, It's The Perfect Example Of Gaslighting," 16 July 2019 Given that his murder victims are mostly incidental to the story, what little there is of it, when Chucky finally decides to kill people instead of gaslighting them, his sprees are mostly fun rather than scary. Aja Romano, Vox, "The new Child’s Play is nonsensical and fun. Just don’t expect it to be like the old Child’s Play.," 21 June 2019 As much as a government cover-up tried to gaslight the town with a story of drowning, Will was really pulled into an alternate reality known as the Upside Down. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "A 'Stranger Things' refresher because it's OK if you've forgotten what's happened so far," 2 July 2019

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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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gaslight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gaslight

: light made by burning gas (sense 1b)
: a lamp that uses gas as fuel

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